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[57. HOW A PATRIARCH CAN CONFIRM A SENTENCE DECREED BY JUDGES DELEGATE]

[57.1] When any metropolitan wishes to make a special favor for his suffragan bishops, he can arrange a preamble with a narration in this manner: 

[57.2] H., by the grace of God patriarch of the holy see of Aquileia, to the venerable brother G., bishop-elect of Concordia, greetings and benediction. 

[57.3] Since we are required to admit the just petitions of anyone of our patriarchate, we must hear the entreaties and agreeable requests of our venerable brothers and bishops the more affectionately, as they are more strongly joined to us in a bond of fraternity by the office of episcopal dignity. 

[57.4] Hence it is, O venerable brother, that we freely admit your petitions, confirming in a patriarchal letter the sentence which our venerable brother the bishop of Padua <made> through our commission concerning a controversy which took place between you and the abbot of Beligna over the right of election, which you both asserted to have in the parish of St. John.

[57.5] If anyone shall rashly presume to violate this page of our confirmation, he shall know that he has incurred the indignation of almighty God and of the saints.

[57.6] Dated... 


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346 Ulrich II (1161-1181), patriarch of Aquileia. For the Germanic custom of aspirating proper names beginning with vowels, see Boncompagnus 1.2.5.

347 Gerardus, bishop of Concordia (1177-1180).

348 Gerard Marostica, bishop of Padua (1169-1213).

349 Abbey of S. Martinus de Beligna.


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