Emperor Constantius II Decrees that Only Catholic Churches Can Be Exempt from Taxes

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Roman Emperor Constantius II issues a decree that only Catholic churches and a few selected individuals will be granted exemptions from state taxes. Any government officials who extend exemptions to unapproved people will have to pay the difference personally.

According to Constantius:

"With the exception of the property of Our private domain and the Catholic churches and [listed individuals], no one shall be accorded special advantages for his family property.

All men must pay whatever is ascribed by Our hand in the tax levies, but nothing more shall be exacted of them..." [CTh 11.1.1]
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