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


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 367

witness : but if, not even through a fear of this punishment they shall come to a sense of their duty, then let them know that they shall be suspended from their offices and benefices. " A person who is suspected of a crime by common report, or by probable tokens, is to be admonished in a friendly manner by the superior of the place, a first, second, and third time, to amend his life ; and if he shall not do so, then the superior, taking with him two or three others, to whom the common report in his disfavour is known, shall rebuke him for the same ; and if even then he shall not seem to be changed for the better, let it be told unto the Church, that is to say, let him be accused in the chapter, in order that, being convicted, or having confessed, he may be canonically punished. But if he cannot be convicted, then let him be called upon to make canonical purgation of himself ; so however, that the number of his witnesses may not exceed twelve, within which number, more or less may be received according to the condition of the person, and the nature and extent of the infamy, according to the opinion of those giving judgment. And forthwith, on the first day on which he, who is under the stigma of infamy, shall be in a condition to exculpate himself, let the purgation take place, that, through fear of vexation arising from delay, money may not be extorted. This and the above enactments we have made, saving in all things the authority and dignity of the Holy See." At this synod, also, Master Peter De Dînant demanded full restitution to be made to him of the archdeaconry of the "West Biding, which Geoffrey, archbishop of York, had given him, instructing the chapter of York, by his letters, to receive and instai him; on which Simon, the dean, and the chapter of York, made answer, that the archbishop could not give that archdeaconry to any one, because he had delayed to present to it beyond the time appointed by the statute of the council of the Lateran, in which council pope Alexander the Third enacted that when it shall happen that prebends, livings, or any offices shall be vacant in any church, they shall not remain too long in a state of suspense, but shall, within six months, be conferred on persons who shall be able worthily to discharge the duties of the same. And if the bishop, when the presentation shall belong to him, shall delay to present, then be it performed by the chapter ; and if the election belongs to the chapter, and, within the time prescribed, it shall not so do, then, let the bishop, with the aid of the Lord, and with the counsel of religious men,

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