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Constantine the Great Lets Novatians Own Church Buildings & Cemeteries

Emperor Constantine the Great

Emperor Constantine the Great orders that Novatians be allowed to own their own church buildings and cemeteries, but only if the property always belonged to them and never belonged to the Catholic Church.

According to Constantine:

We direct that Novatians may possess, without being molested, their own church buildings and places suitable for burial. This is restricted to only those properties which they have held for a long time, whether from purchase or acquisition in any manner whatsoever.

They are not permitted to appropriate any property which once belonged to the Church of perpetual sanctity before the schism." [CTh 16.5.2]

As the Roman Empire becomes more and more Christianized, heretical Christian sects become increasingly oppressed. It's unusual for them to be given any sort of liberty, but at this relatively early stage there is also more debate over what truly qualifies as "orthodox" and what is "heresy."

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