Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Pope annuls the Northampton sentence

Extract from Hutton (1899) p. 111
June, 1165. — The Pope annuls the Northampton sentence.
Alexander III. to the Abp. Cant.
Materials v., p. 178. Epistle 94. 
That the less cannot judge the greater, and especially him to whom he
is known by law to be subject and is held bound by the chain of
obedience, laws as well human as Divine declare, and especially is it
clearly laid down in the statutes of the holy fathers. Wherefore we to
whom it belongs to correct the things that are erroneous and to amend
those which if not corrected would leave a pernicious example to
posterity, having pondered these things with anxious care and
considering that through the fault of an individual the Church ought
not to sustain hurt or loss, do adjudge the sentence presumptuously
passed upon you by the bishops and barons of England because you did
not obey the king's first summons - in which sentence the said bishops
and barons adjudged a forfeiture of all your moveables contrary to the
form of law and against ecclesiastical custom, especially since you
have no moveables except the goods of your Church — to be utterly
void, and do quash the same by Apostolic authority, ordering that for
the future it have no force, nor shall avail to bring any prejudice or
hurt hereafter to you or your successors or to the Church committed to
your rule.
Louis Bail (1672). Summa conciliorum omnium. pp. 409–.
Roger (of Wendover); Matthew Paris; John Allen Giles (1841). Roger of Wendover's Flowers of history: Comprising the history of England from the descent of the Saxons to A.D. 1235; formerly ascribed to Matthew Paris. H. G. Bohn. pp. 311–.

Migne Patrologiae Latinae. Tomus 200, p.378.

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