Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

Roman Law: Heretics Not Permitted to Appoint or Confirm Bishops

Theodosius I
Source: Erine

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Emperors Valentinian I, Arcadius, and Theodosius I issue a new law stating that heretics are not permitted to appoint or confirm bishops.

The new law says:

"Heretics shall have no legal authority to create or confirm bishops." [CTh 16.5.22]

In principle, the Christian church itself should already be banning heretics from such behavior. This new law puts the power of the Roman government on the side of orthodox Christian leaders, creating civil penalties such as fines or prison for acts that wouldn't otherwise lead to any serious inconvenience for the heretics.


Emperors of Rome: Valentinian I

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