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“Marcian and Valentinian III - Edict following the Council of Chalcedon - Latin and Greek text with English translation”
The Emperors seek to ensure conformity to the doctrinal pronouncements of the Council of Chalcedon. Disputes about the pronouncements of the Council still continued.
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The Emperors and Caesars Valentinian III. and Marcian,
to our citizens of Constantinople. At last that which we wished, with earnest
desire, has come to pass. Controversy about the orthodox religion of Christians
has been put away; remedies have been found for culpable error; and diversity of
opinion among the peoples has issued in common consent and concord. From the
different provinces the most religious bishops came to Chalcedon in accordance
with our commands, and have taught by clear definition what ought to be observed
in the matter of religion. Unholy strife must now cease. He is a truly impious
and sacrilegious person who, after the sentence of so many bishops, reserves any
thing to be decided by opinions of his own. It is the mark of utter madness to
search, in the full light of day, for counterfeit illumination. If any one,
after this finding of the truth, enter upon any further debate, he searches for
shams. No one, therefore, be he cleric, or official, or of any other estate,
shall henceforth collect a crowd for an audience and publicly discuss the
Christian faith, devising occasion of tumult thereby. A man does despite to the
judgment of the most religious Council if, after the decision has once been
rightly taken, he attempts to go over it again in public disputation; since it
is acknowledged that what has now been concluded about the Christian faith, in
accordance with Apostolic expositions and the decrees of the three hundred and
eighteen [at Nicaea], and the one hundred and fifty [at Constantinople], has
been finally determined. Those who despise this enactment will not go unpunished
since they not only assail the faith that has been well set forth, but, by such
controversy, profane the venerable mysteries in the ears of Jews and pagans.
Wherefore if any cleric venture to deal with religion in public, he shall
be removed from the list of the clergy; if any official does so, he shall lose
his appointment; while others guilty of this offence shall be banished from the
Imperial city; and all shall be rendered liable to the appropriate penalties by
the bench of judges. For it is agreed that public disputations and debates are
the source and stuff of heretical madness. All, therefore, shall be bound to
hold to the decisions of the sacred Council of Chalcedon, and to indulge no
further doubts. Take heed, therefore, to this edict of our Serenity; abstain
from profane words, and cease all further discussion of religion. It is wrong.
This sin, as we believe, will be punished by the judgment of God; but it will
also be restrained by the authority of the laws and the judges. Given at
Constantinople on the seventh of February .
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Creed of Chalcedon
Seeking conformity to Chalcedon
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