A History of the Church, The Church in the World the Church by Philip E Hughes

By Philip E Hughes

This moment quantity concentrates at the West from the time of Constantine's conversion, while the the Church used to be commencing to make a global of its personal, and it pursues the Church's historical past during this international of its making to the top of the 13th century, whilst the excessive element used to be reached and a brand new secular order used to be already showing.

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A U G U S T I N E 19 lines has long since passed into the traditional theology of the Catholic Church. Adam was, by a special act of the divine liberality, created with the gift of immortality, with a will inclined to good, a harmony of reason and senses, with infused knowledge, in habitual justice. He sinned, and his sin is transmitted ever after to all his posterity, as Scripture, the Christian writers, the rite of Baptism and—a point of which St. Augustine makes very much indeed—the chronic misery of mankind testify.

Leo I (440-461) 185! These bishops of the pope's special province meet annually at Rome on the anniversary of the pope's own consecration (Natale Papae) unless, for some special cause, they are explicitly dispensed. To Rome they apply at every turn for advice in difficulties and the Roman practice is a norm to which they endeavour to conform their own administration. At Rome itself the administration is in the hands of the seven deacons. They are the chiefs of the growing ecclesiastical bureaucracy, and it is from their ranks that the pope is usually chosen.

Others practised as moneylenders. The habit or example of idolatry was still strong and, lest they should be worshipped, all pictures were now ordered to be removed from the churches. Clerics who are married are to live with their wives as with their sisters, under pain of deposition. Rules are laid down for the cases of conversion from such special classes as the charioteers of the circus, and the comedians from the theatre who, once converted, are strictly forbidden to return to their unhallowed profession.

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