Roman Emperors Decree Enemies of "Sacred Law" Who Persist in Assembling Will be Punished

Roman Emperors Decree Enemies of "Sacred Law" Who Persist in Assembling Will be Punished

Emperor Theodosius II

Roman emperors Honorius and Theodosius II decree that enemies of "sacred law" will be punished if they continue to assemble in public gatherings.

This decree says:

"All enemies of Our holy faith will suffer the penalty both of proscription and of blood if continue trying to convene publicly" [CTh 16.5.51]

This is a very broad proscription and can be applied to a wide range of non-Christian believers — pagans, heretics, and possibly even Jews, depending on who is interpreting and when it is being applied.

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