Roman Emperors Ban Heretics from Building Churches

Roman Emperors Ban Heretics from Building Churches

Emperor Gratian
Source: portableantiquities

Emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I ban Arians, Eunomians, or followers of Aetius from building churches.

This decree states:

"None of the Eunomians, Arians, or the followers of the dogma of Ethius have a right to build churches, either in the cities or in the country.

If a right to do so is rashly presumed by someone anyway, then the house and surrounding estates will be confiscated by the government.

Any site which has served as housing for the ministers of these sacrilegious doctrines must also be immediately confiscated." [CTh 16.5.8]

There are a lot of Christian heresies in the Roman Empire, and the orthodox Catholic leaders are having trouble maintaining control. It's only with the massive power of the Roman government that orthodox practices and beliefs can be enforced.

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