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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.
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secular causes, in which the shedding of blood or bodily punishment is likely to be the result, to be tried in churches or in churchyards. For it is absurd and cruel for judgment of bloodshed to bo discussed in the place which has also been appointed a place of refuge for the guilty. 4 5 " It has been told us, that it is the custom in some places for money to be given for receiving the chrism, as also for baptism a46 and the communion. (This as simoniacal heresy a holy council held in detestation, and visited with excommunication, ι We do therefore enact, that in future nothing shall be demanded either for ordination, or for the chrism, or for baptism, or for extreme unction, or for burial, or for the communion, or for dedication ; but the gifts of Christ are to be bestowed freely with a gratuitous dispensation. If any person shall presume to act in defiance hereof, let him be excommunicated. 4 7 "Let no prelate, on receiving a monk, or canon, or nun, presume to take or demand money from those who come to adopt the monastic life, under pretence of any agreement whatsoever. 4 8 " Let it be allowable for no one under the name of a dowry to transfer a benefice to any person, or to exact money or any emolument on the pretext of an agreement for the pre sentation of any person thereto. If he shall do so, and upon trial shall confess or be convicted of the same, relying both on our own and on the royal authority, wo do enact that he shall be for ever deprived of the patronage of the said church. ""According to the decreesof the fathers, we do, underpenalty of excommunication, forbid that monks or clerks shall carry on business for the sake of profit, and that monks shall hold farms of the clergy or of the laity, or that the laity shall hold the benefices of the Church to farm. • 5 0 " Whoever would appear to belong to the clergy, let them ' not take up arms, nor yet go about in armour ; but by their religious habits, let them reconcile the name of their profession to the religious character of their manners. If they despise this injunction, then, as contemners of the holy canons and profaners of the ecclesiastical authority, let them be mulcted with the loss of their proper rank : inasmuch as they cannot servj both God and the world. 15 46 From the decrees of the council of Trebour. The text is evidently corrupt here. ν From the decrees of pope Urban. 4 8 A new decree. 4 9 From the decrees of the Fathers. w By decree of the council of Mcaux.


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