Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 3a.25-28
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[3a.25] Papa in hoc modo:

[3a.26] .A.1 episcopus servus servorum Dei dilectis in Christo filiis canonicis sancti Aniani Aurelianensis2 salutem et apostolicam benedictionem.

.A.] .C. B       canonicis--Aurelianensis] suis B

[3a.27] Sancta ecclesia Romana3 ita vices suas aliis inpertivit ecclesiis, ut in partem sint vocate solicitudinis non in plentitudine potestatis.

Romana ecclesia tr. B       vices suas] suas vires B       ecclesiis om. B       plenitudine] plenitudinem B

[3a.28] Auctoritate itaque apostolica vos a subiectione Aurelianensis episcopi excipimus4 et regimini nostro subiecimus et ut carissimos filios speciali delectione amplectimur et ut deinceps non sitis ancille filii,5 set libere immutabiliter statuimus et hanc vobis prerogativam concedimus, ut sacros ordines de manu cuiuslibet episcopi Aurelianensi excepto suscipiatis et sacrum crisma et oleum et ordines in ecclesia vestra. Si episcopus vel evocatur vel forte abfuerit, consecrare faciatis vel consecratum de manu cuiuslibet vicini episcopi suscipiatis. Decanum concorditer secundum vite meritum eligatis. Electus autem ad nostram presentiam veniat et a nobis curam spiritualium et temporalium accipiat et tantum sedi apostolice obediat.|[82v]

subicimus B       speciali dilectione amplectimur] spirituali dilectione complectimur B       filii ancille tr. B       et hanc--concedimus om. A per homoioteleuton       episcopus--abfuerit] episcopum habueritis B       consecrare] consecrari B       cuiuslibet] alicuius B       accipiat] exigat B


1 Alexander III, pope (1159-1181) or Adrian IV, pope (1154-1159).

2 Saint-Aignan in Orleans. See JOHANNES RAMACKERS Papsturkunden in Frankfreich (Göttingen 1958) 6.164 no. 93, also p. 9-10, citing other documents of Alexander III for this foundation: JL 10741 (PL 200.159), 10889 (PL 200.239), 11213 (PL 200.381), 12641 (PL 200.1044), 13467. See also Lucius III, 27 May 1183 (JL 14891, PL 201.1213) and HUBERT Antiquitez historiques de l'eglise royale Saint Aignan d'Orleans 4 vols (Orleans 1661) Preuves p. 116.

3 For a similar incipit to a papal letter, see JL. 6307 (Sancta Romana ecclesia PL 163.293), a letter pope Paschal II sent in 1112 to archbishop Radulfus of Tours, and bishops Hildebert of LeMans and Marbod of Rennes , constituting them as judge delegates.

4 On monastic exemption: GEORG SCHREIBER Kurie und Klöster im 12. Jahrhundert (Stuttgart 1910) 1.27-63 and MICHAEL MACCARRONE "Primato Romano e monasteri dal principio del secolo XII ad Innocenzo III" in Istituzioni monastiche e istituzioni canonicali in occidente (1123-1215) (Milan 1980) 49-132.

5 The canon law principle to which this makes metaphorical reference, that a serf could not become a priest, is specifically addressed below, Aurea Gemma <Gallica> 3b.63.

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