[45. A PREAMBLE]
[45.1] Since the holy Roman church is the head
and master of all churches by the Lord's disposal, she is required to speedily heed just
petitions of all catholics, lest by delay of time their rights might perish to any degree.
[46. ANOTHER PREAMBLE]
[46.1] Whenever just petitions are offered by
catholics to us, who act by the Lord's permission in Peter's stead, we are required to
kindly admit these petitions and corroborate those admitted with Peter's most firm
apostolic solidity, lest any transgressors could impede through malicious and fivolous
contrivances that which has been righteously begun.
[47. ANOTHER PREAMBLE]
It befits the sacrosanct Roman church to give speedy assent to petitions of its devoted
and humble sons, since the maliciousness of the wicked struggles daily to annul and to
disturb with innumerable vexations whatever seems to have an origin in the root of law and
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319 Cf. formula
3, Die Register Innocenz III ed. OTHMAR HAGENEDER and ANTON HAIDACHER (Graz-Cologne
1964) 1.xliv: Sacrosancta Romana ecclesia devotos et humiles filios ex assuete pietatis
officio propensius diligere consuevit et ne pravorum hominum molestiis agitentur, eos
tamquam pia mater sue protectionis munimine confovere. See above, Oliva 37.2.
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