Councils and Assemblies (Studies in Church History) by Cuming

By Cuming

The Ecclesiastical background Society has dedicated conferences to the subject matter of 'Councils and Assemblies'; this 7th quantity of reports in Church historical past, masking a large span of time, comprises twenty-two papers on various points of the topic. beginning within the early center a while, it strikes during the nice medieval councils to Vatican I and II. Geographically the gatherings diversity from Byzantium to Cornwall, from Edinburgh to Cape city. a few produced worthwhile laws within the fields of welfare or schooling, others have been sterile debates among irreconcilable viewpoints. a few of the papers bring up problems with the 1st value, others fill gaps in our wisdom. All are worth the awareness of historians.

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8, p. 5. For conditions in the late Roman empire see J. Gaudement, L'e'glise dans I'empire romain (Paris 1959), pp. 136-41. Cf. also Lex Romatia Visigothorum, ed. G. Haenel (Leipzig 1849), p. 292, §3. 21 W. 1 No doubt, despite the conservative and acquiescent attitude of the councils, the lot of slaves in the Germanic lands was far more favourable than it would have been without the palliatives adopted by the councils and individual churchmen. In marriage, a matter of profound social importance, the councils showed themselves wholly subservient to the owners of slaves.

83, p. 368. 3 Auxerre (between 573 and 604), c. 22, p. 181; Macon (585), c. 16, p. 171. 4 Orleans (511), c. 4, p. 4. s IV Toledo (633), c. 43, PL LXXXIV, 377. 6 IX Toledo, c. 10, PL LXXXIV, 437. 2 It does not need much historical imagination to visualize what untold damage upon the reputation of a cleric could be inflicted by chit-chat and idle gossip, considering the smallness of the village population. The vocation of a cleric in these circumstances would seem to have been almost an occupational hazard.

1, p. 2. 3 Cf. Orleans (541), c. 22, p. 107. 5 Clichy (626), c. 9, p. 198. Orleans, c. 3, pp. 3-4. * Macon (585), c. 8, p. 68. 6 Rheims (c. 627), c. 7, p. 204. 15 W. ULLMANN 1 synodal legislation. 2 What the synodal decisions reveal in respect of the persons I have enumerated, such as the poor, captives, prisoners, slaves, was a very practical spirit of Christian charity. The synodists had no easy stand in the face of cruelty and prevalent uncivilized customs, particularly in those regions which had only recently been christianized.

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