To the Council of Chalcedon, A.D. 451
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...and with women, except her nearest relations.7 If the Virgin had no parents, and could not dwell at home, she was consigned to the care of some grave matrons in a monastery, which she was never to leave,8 except for special reasons. No one had free access to her there9 but the Bishop1 and the Priest who came to celebrate the offices of the Church. Such was the condition of the Virgins of the Church in the latter part of the fourth century, and in the fifth and sixth centuries. In addition to these cautionary measures, by which the Virgins of the Church were protected against opportunities of intercourse with men, and against temptation to break their vow of celibacy, any violation of that vow was denounced by the doctors3 of the Church in stern language, and was visited by the canons3 of the Church with severe penalties. Thus the Church in authoritative frankness and plainness of speech set the matter clearly before the eyes of 5 De Inst. Virg. cap. I, and Exhort. Virg. cap. 10. "Nullus sit tuus sine matre processus; ipsa quoque ad Ecclesiam processio rarior sit adolescentulis." S. Basil de Virg. cap. 19. 6 S. Basil de Virgin, cap. 37.? S. Ambrose, Exhort. Virg. cap. 10. 8 See S. Basil, Epitimia Canonicarum, ii. 530. Concil. Trullan. Can. 41. 9 Concil. Carthag. i. 3. 1 S. Ambrose de Lapsu Virginis, cap. 7. Council of Epaon, Can. 38. Council of Rouen, Can. 10. 2 S. Basil de Virgin, caps. 39, 40, 42. S. Ambrose de Lapsu Virg. c. 5. S. Epiphanius, Eferes. c. 61. S. Augustine de Bono Viduit. cap. 9. 3 Concil. Ancyran. Can. 19. Concil. Turon. i. 6. Concil. Venet. Can. 4. Concil. Valent. i. 2. Concil. Matiscon, i. Can. 12. Thomassinus, Eccl. Disc. tom. iv. p. 63. 140 Results of the system. fervid postulants, and doubtless deterred many from...
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