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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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day of the third week in Lent, being the third day before the nones of March. In the same manner he held the council a second day, on the fourth day of the following week, being the eecond day before the ides of March. At this council, William, archbishop of Ehcims, was made a cardinal priest and titular of Santa Sabina, and Henry, abbat of Clairval, was made cardinal bishop of Albano. Our lord the pope held the council the third day on the second day of the week before Palm Sunday, being the fourteenth day before the calends of April. At this council, he enacted that the decrees underwritten should be universally observed. THE DECREES OE POPE ALEXANDER. Of the Election of the Roman Pontiff. « " Although it is manifest that statutes sufficient have been promulgated by our predecessors for the purpose of avoiding discord in the election of the Roman Pontiff, still however, inasmuch as since then, by reason of the audacity of an unbecoming ambition, the Church has oftentimes endured grievous divisions, we also, for the purpose of avoiding the said evil, have, with the consent of our brethren and the approbation of this holy council, thought proper to add somewhat thereto. We do therefore enact, that, if by chance, through some enemy sowing tares among the cardinals, there shall not be an entire agreement as to the election of a new Pontiff, and two-thirds shall agree thereon while the remaining onethird shall refuse to agree thereto, or shall presume to nominate or ordain any other, in such case he is to be held by the universal Church, without any exception, to be the Roman ntiff who shall have been elected and acknowledged by the o-thirds. And if any person, trusting in the votes or nomination of the remaining one-third, shall usurp that name, inasmuch as he cannot in reason so do, both he himself and those who shall acknowledge him shall be subject to the penalties of excommunication, and be visited with the deprivation of aU sacred orders; and even the communion of the holy viaticum shall be denied unto them, except when in their last moments ; and, unless they come to their senses, they are to receive their portion with Dathan and Abiram, whom the earth swallowed up alive. And further, if any one shall be elected


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