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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 510



the dead, blessing the newly-married, or any other of the sacraments. And if any person shall presume in contravention hereof to sell the same, then let him know that he will have his portion with Gehazi, whose deeds he has imitated in the exacting of a disgraceful gift. We do, moreover, forbid any new imposts to be exacted from churches, either by bishops or abbats, or any other prelate, or the old ones to be increased, or that such persons shall presume to appropriate any part of the revenues to their own use ; but the same liberty which the greater ones desire to be preserved for themselves, let them also, with good will, preserve for the lesser ones. And if any person shall do otherwise than this, what he so does is to be deemed null and void. Christians are forbidden to enter tlie service of the Saracens. " To such a degree has shocking cupidity taken possession of the minds of some, that, whereas they glory in the name of Christians, they carry arms to the Saracens, and by supplying them with arms and necessaries for the purpose of warring against the Christians, show themselves their equals or even their superiors in wickedness. There are some also, who, byreason of their cupidity, exercise the art and craft of pilots, in the galleys and piratical vessels of the Saracens. Such persons therefore we do order to be cut off from the communion of the Church, and for their iniquity to be subjected to excommunication, and to be mulcted with confiscation of their property by the Catholic princes and rulers of states, and if they are taken, to become the slaves of those so taking them. We do also order that throughout the churches of the cities on the coast, a repeated and solemn sentence of excommunication shall be pronounced against them. Those also are to be subject to the penalty of excommunication, who presume either to take captive or to despoil of their property Romans, or indeed any other Christians, when voyaging for purposes of merchandize or any other becoming reasons. Those also, who, with damnable avarice, dare to despoil Christians who have suffered shipwreck of their property, when according to the rules of religion they are bound to aid them, are to know that they are subjected to excommunication, unless they restore what they have so taken away. κ κ 2


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