It most certainly did. Otherwise, there would have been no grounds to condemn it in the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553 AD. From the beginning of Catholicism in 325 AD, the major ancient Pagan gods were taught to be incarnated as Christ's disciples. Matthew was Mithras, Thomas was Tammuz, John was Oannes (Dagon), Mark was Mars, and Peter was Jupiter. In fact, the statue of Jupiter in Rome was relabled as the statue of Peter with the claim it had always been the statue of Peter. This was the means by which all the major religions of Rome were included in the new region which Constantine created, and Christ was supposed to be the over-god who pulled them all together.
By 553 AD this contrivance was no longer needed, and the doctrine of reincarnation had proved politically dangerous, so it was removed.
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Interesting. I'd never heard that about the apostles being incarnations of pagan gods. Do you have some specific references for who taught that?
Also I didn't realize the Fifth Ecumenical Council condemned reincarnation in 553. I read thru the Sentences and Anathemas of the Council, but could not find it. Can you point out where the exact condemnation is?
Fr. Phil Bloom
Letter from a "Christian" Who Believes in Reincarnation
Early Christian Teaching regarding Reincarnation