Roman emperors Gratian and Theodosius I issue a condemnation of the Manichaeans.
They may not inherit property nor will property to others. Only a child who converts from Manichaeism to Catholicism is exempt from this.
This new Roman law states:
"If any Manichaean wills property to any person whatsoever, whether via a testament or any kind of gift, We deprive such persons under perpetual infamy of any right to make a will and to live under the Roman law. All such property will be confiscated after due investigation....
Inheritance will only be transmitted to children who, though born of Manichaeans, are immune from that crime because out of a desire of their own salvation they separated themselves from the association of Manichaeans and dedicated their lives to true religion. ...
We further add that the Manichaeans are not permitted to create religious assemblies in any towns or cities. They must be kept away from the view of crowds. ..." [CT h16.5.7]
Manichaeans are followers of the Persian prophet Mani and believe that the world is locked in a struggle between good and evil, light and dark. The Manichaean religious system is an amalgamation of elements form Christianity, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism.