Roman Emperors Allow Christian Churches to Keep Children Taken In

Roman Emperors Allow Christian Churches to Keep Children Taken In

Roman Emperor Theodosius II
Source: Marie-Lan Nguyen

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Roman emperors Honorius and Theodosius II issue a new law allowing Christian churches to keep any children they take in. This ensures greater control over greater numbers of children by churches, but it also protects children from potentially difficult situations with parents unable to care for them.

The new Roman law states:

"We leave no avenue of recovery to parents or guardians if good will has taken up children exposed in a measure to death, for no one can call one his child whom he scorned while it was perishing.

Only, the signature of a bishop as witness must immediately follow and there can be no delay." [CTh 5.9.2]

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