Roman Emperors Decree Bishops Who Administer Law are Answerable When Clerics Break the Law

Roman Emperors Decree Bishops Who Administer Law are Answerable When Clerics Break the Law

Emperor Arcadius
Source: portableantiquities

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Emperors Arcadius and Honorius decree that if bishops are going to be responsible for administering law, then they will be held accountable when other clerics break the law.

This new legal regulation says:

"No cleric, monk, or synodite will, by the use of force or usurpation, be permitted to claim or hold any offenders condemned on account of the enormity of their crimes. ...

Bishops will blamed if they are aware of monks in areas which they govern are guilty of acts which We have forbidden under the doctrines of the Christian religion and do not punish it. ..." [Ci 1.4.7]

Christian bishops have been getting increased power to administer the law in Roman territory, but with that privilege comes increasing responsibility. They won't be allowed to make legal rulings that secular judges have to enforce, and they will have to take responsibility for what their priests are doing.

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