Roman Emperors Issue New Limits on Anyone in Curia Who Wants to be a Priest

Roman Emperors Issue New Limits on Anyone in Curia Who Wants to be a Priest

Emperor Valentinian II
Source: portableantiquities

Emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius impose new restrictions on anyone in the curia who wants to become a priest: they must first fulfill all their public expectations and cannot give up a senatorial position.

The new decree states:

"If anyone is involved with divine worship and giving service to the sacrosanct mysteries, and if they also rely on the statutory succession of sons who hold no position in the Church, then those sons must serve the municipal councils with the property of their fathers." [CT 12.1.123]

Christian clergy benefit from many privileges in the Roman Empire and the number of privileges will grow over time, but there are limits. The priority is always the maintenance of the Roman state and government.

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Emperors of Rome: Valentinian II

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