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In the autumn of 254, (54) emissaries from Spain sought the assistance of the North African bishops on the matter of Basilides of Emerita and Martialis of Asturica, bishops recently deposed by a local synod for having been libellatici during the Decian Persecution, but who had subsequently been reinstated in their sees by Stephen.
At this time, the churches had agreed to readmit only libellatici to communion, not sacrificati; thus the emphasis on Trofimus and his community being only turificati (incense offerers) might have been Cornelius's justification for extending the policy beyond the suggested limits.
The situation of the libellatici in Rome and Carthage during and immediately following the Decian persecution was much more complex, for example, than the discussion on page 56 and in the accompanying notes seems to recognize.