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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 365



compelled so to do by deprivation of their benefices, if they have any ; and as for those who have not any benefices, let them, whether they will or no, be shorn by the archdeacon or by the deans. " We do also command that priests shall not go in hoods with long sleeves, but rather in vestments suited to their order ; that in the same degree in which they excel others in dignity of station, they may more fully set the pattern and example of propriety. "Inasmuch as the Scripture testifies that he is blessed 'who shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,'37 attention must be paid with earnest zeal that justice is done without reward, and no one is to presume to receive any reward whatever for doing the same in causes ecclesiastical, or for withholding it, or for accelerating it, or for deferring it, that so at the fitting time the just Judge may give him the reward of justice. ' ' Inasmuch as tithes are the tribute of souls that stand in need, and are bound to be given in obedience to the command of God, it is not for him that pays them to diminish the same. We do therefore enact, that of those which are yearly renewed, the due and customary tithes shall be paid entirely and in full ; so that in the first place tithes are to be given without any diminution to the Church, and after that, out of the remaining nine parts, the wages of the reapers and of the other servants are to be paid at discretion. ' ' The profession of religious sanctity demands that monks and canons regular and nuns should be kept religiously and in obedience to rules. To the end, therefore, that all opportunity of going astray may be taken away from them, we do forbid that they shall hold those revenues to farm which go under the name of obediences,38 or shall go upon distant pilgrimages, or beyond the monasteries, without a certain and reasonable cause, and they are not to go without the society of other persons whose character is assured and beyond all doubt. Also, as to nuns, we do especially add, that they are not, without the society of the abbess or prioress, to go beyond the precincts of the monastery. "We do also, in addition, forbid any layman to take any church • Isaiah xxxiii. 15. ss " Obedientire" was the name given to cells, farms, and granges that paid certain rentals to abbeys, and were often presided over by monks delegated for that purpose from the abbey.


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