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HORRENDUM ILLUD SCELUS

That horrible crime, by which corrupt and obscene cities were destroyed by fire through divine condemnation, causes us most bitter sorrow and shocks our mind, impelling us to repress such a crime with the greatest possible zeal.

It was properly denoted by the Lateran Council N.v.d.r.: Het Vijfde Concilie van Lateranen, “that whatsoever Cleric will have been discovered to suffer from that incontinence which is against nature, on account of which the wrath of God falls upon the sons of disobedience, Vgl. Ef. 5, 6. Vulg. is to be ejected from the ranks of the clergy and be reduced to do penance in a monastery.” (chap. 4, X, V, 31)

So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.

And thus because We have made a decree in this matter at the beginning of Our Pontificate, now in a fuller and stronger way intending it to be followed strictly, every and all priests, whoever they are, and other secular clerics, and regular clerics of any grade and dignity, busy at such a detestable monstrosity, We deprive of every clerical privilege, every office, dignity, and ecclesiastical benefice by authority of the present legal instrument. So it is enacted that once they are degraded by the Ecclesiastical Judge, they be handed over immediately to the secular arm, which will exact upon them the same (death) penalty, which is ascertained to have been constituted by legitimate sanctions against laymen who have slid down into this ruin. Nothing to the contrary withstanding, etc.

Given at Rome at St. Peter’s, 30 August in the Year of the Lord’s Incarnation 1568 during the third year of Our Pontificate.

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Naam: HORRENDUM ILLUD SCELUS
Soort: H. Paus Pius V - Constitutie
Auteur: H. Paus Pius V
Datum: 30 augustus 1568
Copyrights: © Bull. Rom., tom. 4, III, p. 33
Voorlopig Engelstalige versie: J. Augustine, thejosias.com
Bewerkt: 31 augustus 2018

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