Roman Emperors Ban Christian Clergy Interfering in Legal Cases Hot

Roman Emperors Ban Christian Clergy Interfering in Legal Cases

Saint Ambrose and Emperor Theodosius I
Source: Wikipedia

Roman emperors Valentinian II, Theodosius I, and Arcadius issue a new law preventing Christian clergy from interfering in legal cases.

According to the new Roman law:

"If any accused person has been convicted of a very great crime and sentenced, the competent judgment shall be fulfilled, and clever trickery shall not be provided with the pretexts of the following sort, namely, the assertion that the defendant has been snatched away by clerics or the pretense that he has appealed." [CTh 9.40.15]

This law does not appear designed to create hardships for Christians; instead, it appears designed to simple limit the number of legal appeals in the court system. This suggests, though, that Christian clergy have been very active in interfering with court cases.

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