TITUS - Introduction.
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
The design of this epistle is much the same as in the two former to Timothy.
He had made this his beloved son Titus, chief bishop of Crete; in which island were formerly a hundred cities, on which account
it was called Hecatompolis. It is now called Candy. We have a commentary of St. Jerome on this epistle, tom. iv, p. 409. E.
B. (Witham) --- Titus was an uncircumcised Gentile: we know not on what occasion he attached himself to St. Paul. It is however
certain that he was a great utility to St. Paul in the government of the Church. --- St. Paul having preached the faith in
the island of Crete, left his beloved Titus there to finish the work which he had begun. Afterwards the apostle, on a journey
to Nicopolis, a city of Macedonia, wrote this epistle to Titus; in which he directs him to ordain bishops and priests for
the different cities, shewing him the principal qualities necessary for a bishop, also gives him particular advice for his
own conduct to his flock, exhorting him to hold to strictness of discipline, but seasoned with lenity. It was written about
thirty-three years after our Lord's ascension. (Challoner)