By Hamilton Hess
While first released in 1958, The Canons of the Council of Sardica, advert 343 instantaneously turned the traditional account of the canons glided by the Western bishops at Sardica in 343 and the considering on church concerns that lay in the back of them. during this new version Hamilton Hess has up to date his account within the gentle of contemporary literature, incorporated new fabrics and the entire texts of the canons, and translated all quotations into English to arrive a much wider viewers. 3 new establishing chapters make a clean contribution to the examine of early church background in giving a finished research of the increase of the conciliar move from its earliest beginnings to the fourth century institution of councils as solely episcopal legislative assemblies. it's also proven that the emergence of canon legislations was once a gentle evolutionary strategy major in the direction of the sixth-century association of canonical collections as juridical ecclesiastical codes parallel with and complementary to the modern civil codes of the Roman Empire.
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While attributing a more passive but no less determinative function to popular suffrage, Origen tells us: ‘Requiritur enim in ordinando sacerdote et praesentia populi, ut sciant omnes et certi sint quia qui praestantior est ex omni populo . . ’: In Leviticum homilia, 6. 3, ed. W. A. Baehrens, Homiliae in Leviticum (GCS 29 Origenes 6; Leipzig, 1920), 362–3. For Cyprian's views in this matter see Epp. 55. 8. 4: ‘Cornelius was made (factus est ) bishop by the choice of God and of his Christ, by the favourable witness (testimonio ) of almost all of the clergy, by the votes (suffragio ) of the laity then present, and by the assembly of bishops’ (Letters, iii.
82 The two major modern contributors to the early history of councils, J. A. -J. 85 Other suggestions for the development of the council and the shaping of its procedures have been advanced as well. Subsequent to the publication of the works of Herrmann, Sieben, and Fischer, P. R. 86 This point was not, in fact, unobserved by Batiffol himself, who nevertheless regarded the senate as the basic source of parliamentary procedure. Amidon argued that the Roman senate no longer exercised a signiﬁcant role in public affairs at the time of the mid-third-century African councils and dismissed it as a likely 81 Ausgewählte kleine Schriften (Leipzig, 1907), 144.
For historical background see the classic treatments of the term by H. Oppel, Κανών—Zur Bedeutungsgeschichte des Wortes und seiner lateinischen Entsprechungen (Regula —Norma ) (Philologus, Supplement 30/4; Leipzig, 1937), 68–71; and L. -hist. Klasse, 220/2 (Vienna, 1942). 124 For the textual materials of conciliar legislation the reader is referred to the classical edition of J. D. Mansi, Sacrorum conciliorum nova et amplissima collectio, 70 vols. (Florence, 1759–1870), hereafter Mansi; H. Th. Bruns, Canones Apostolorum et conciliorum saec.
The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica by Hamilton Hess