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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 517

possess property, no offering is to be made for him, and he is not to have burial among the brethren. The same we do command to be observed in the various religious orders ; and the abbat who shall not diligently observe the same, is to know that he thereby incurs the loss of his office. Also, no priorships or abbacies are to be given to any one for the receipt of money ; and in such cases both the giver and the receiver are to be removed from all ecclesiastical duties. Also, where priors have been appointed over conventual churches, they are not, unless for a manifest and reasonable cause, to be removed ; unless, for instance, they have been guilty of dilapidation, or lived incontinently, or been guilty of any thing of a like nature, by reason of which they may appear to deserve to be removed : as also, in cases where by the consent of the brethren he shall have been transferred in consequence of the necessity of his filling some higher office. That no person shall Iwld several churches. " Inasmuch as certain persons, placing no limits to their avarice, in contravention of the enactments of the sacred canons, both endeavour to obtain divers ecclesiastical dignities and several parish churches, so that, while they are hardly able to fulfil the duties of one office, they obtain the salary that is the due of many, we do strictly forbid that this shall in future be done. Therefore, when an ecclesiastical office ought to be filled up, let a person be found to fill it who is able to reside on the spot, and to perform its duties himself. And if any persons shall act in contravention hereof, both he who has received the office is to lose the money that, contrary to the sacred canons, he has received, and he who has given it is to be deprived of the power of giving it in future. And, inasmuch as the ambition of some has now reached to such a pitch that they are said to hold not two or three, but six offices or even more, while at the same time they are not able to perform the prescribed duties for even two, we do order this to be remedied by our brethren and fellow-bishops ; and that, from these pluralities so hateful to the canons, which afford a ground for the breaking up of societies, and for the wandering of their members to and fro, and produce certain peril to souls, the indigence of those may be relieved, who are able to give their services to churches. Moreo\-er, because the audacity of some

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