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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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498 ANNALS 01? BOGEB BE HOVEDEN. A.D. 1179. the parents, but the parents for the children,'3 3 it seems to be greatly at variance with the affection of a father, if those who are the governors make them burdensome to their subjects, whom in all their necessities they ought to .cherish, like good shepherds. Also, arehdeaeons and deans are not to. presume to demand any exactions or tallages34 from priests or clerks. And further, what we have said above relative to the number of horses that are to be allowed, is to be observed in those places the revenues and ecclesiastical dues of which are ample. But in poor places, it is our wish that such limits should be observed, that the lesser ones shall not have to complain that a hardship is inflicted on them by the arrival of the greater, so that those who were in the habit of using a smaller number of horses may not suppose that they are indulged with leave to use more. Indeed, considering the many necessitous cases that occasionally arise, we could endure that, if a manifest and reasonable cause should be found to exist, they should be enabled to demand some slight assistance together with our brotherly love. That new imposts are not to he made in churches. "Inasmuch as in the body of the Church, all ought to be treated with loving-kindness, and that which has been received gratuitously ought gratuitously to be bestowed, it is a most shocking thing that in some churches venality is said to prevail to sueh a degree, that, for installing bishops or abbats, or any other ecclesiastical persons, or introducing priests into the church, as also for the burial and obsequies of the dead, and the benedictions of the newly-married, or other ecclesiastical sacraments, money is demanded : and that he who stands in need of these things, cannot obtain the same unless he takes care to fill the hand of the bestower thereof. Many imagine that it is lawful for them to act thus, on this ground, because they think that the custom as to the dead has been established by lengthened usage, not sufficiently considering, inasmuch as they are blinded by avarice, that the longer offences have kept the mind fettered, so much the more grievous they arc. In order, therefore, that this may not be done in future, we strictly forbid that money shall be demanded for installing ecclesiastical persons, instituting priests, burying 33 2 Cor. xii. 11. " Taxei.


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