Roman Emperors Forbid Bread Makers Leaving Profession to Become Christian Clergy

Roman Emperors Forbid Bread Makers Leaving Profession to Become Christian Clergy

Emperor Valentinian I

Roman Emperors Valentinian I and Valens forbid bread makers from leaving their profession in order to join the clergy of the Christian church. If anyone is found to have done this, they must leave the clergy and return to making bread.

This new law states:

"We declare that license will be offered to no one to take refuge in the Church in order to evade service as a bread maker.

If any bread maker does enter the Church, all their privileges attached to Christianity are now abolished and he must be recalled, no matter how long they have been in the clergy, back to the association of bread makers." [CTh 14.3.11]

Bread is indispensable in Roman society, but without enough people to make the bread every day, there won't be enough to go around. If the emperors cannot distribute enough, their popularity will wane. So if too many bread makers are lost to the church, some will have to be taken back.

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Emperors of Rome: Valentinian I

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