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Roger De Hoveden The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.1., From A.D. 732 To A.D. 1180.
page 288



A.D. 1165. THE ABCHEISHOP TO HIS SUFFRAGAN BISHOPS. 277 vived in Germany, as also for communicating with that most notorious schismatic, Reginald of Cologne ; and because, contrary to the mandate of our lord the pope and of myself, he has taken unlawful possession of the deanery of the church of Salisbury ; a deed which, so detestable as it is, so contrary to right, so pernicious in its example to the Church of God, we do make utterly nuR and void, and do render it of no effect whatsoever; and it is our command to the bishop of Salisbury, and the chapter of that church, in virtue of their obedience, and at the peril of their orders, on seeing this our letter, thenceforth no longer to hold him as dean thereof. In like manner, we do denounce as excommunicated, and have excommunicated, Richard de Ivechester, because he has fallen into the same damnable heresy, by holding communication with Reginald of Cologne, the schismatic, as also by inventing and contriving all kinds of mischief with those schismatics and Germans, to the destruction of the Church of God, and especially of the Church of Rome, according to the terms agreed upon between our lord the king and them. We have also excommunicated Richard de Lucy and Jocelyn de Baliol, who have been the authors and fabricators of these corruptions ; also Ranulph de Broc, who has taken possession of the property of the church of Canterbury, which by right is a provision for the poor, and withholds the same, and has arrested our men as though they were laymen, and detains them in his custody. We have also excommunicated Hugh de Saint Clair and Thomas Fitz-Bernard, who, without either connivance or consent on our part, have laid hands upon the property and possessions of the said church of Canterbury. AB others beside who in future shaB lay violent hands upon the property and possessions of the church of Canterbury against our wiB and consent, we have included in the same sentence of excemmunication ; according to the words of pope Lucius ; ' AB spoBers of the Church and withholders of her possessions, putting them away from the threshold of the said mother Church, we do excommunicate, sentence to damnation, ' and pronounce to be guBty of sacrilege.' And not these only, but those even who assent thereto, does he comprehend in the same sentence. The Scripture, also, in one place, tells us that he who agrees with the sinful, and defends another in his sin, shaB be accursed before God and man, and shall be visited with the most severe afflictions ; and Bkewise, that R any one


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