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Home > Fathers of the Church > Registrum Epistolarum (Gregory the Great) > Book I, Letter 20

Book I, Letter 20

To Honoratus, Deacon of Salona.

Gregory to Honoratus, etc.

Having read the contradictory letters which you and your bishop have addressed to us against each other, we grieve that there is so little charity between you. Nevertheless we enjoin you to continue in the administration of your office, and, if the cause of offense between you can, under the power of grace, be settled on the spot, we believe it will be greatly to the advantage of your souls. But in case the discord between you has so set you in arms against each other that you have no will to allay the swelling of your offense, come without delay to be heard before us, and let your bishop send to us on his own behalf such person as he may choose, furnished with instructions; that, after minutely considering the whole case, we may settle what may appear fit between the parties. But we would have you know that we shall make strict enquiry of you on all points, as to whether the ornaments , either those of your own church, or such as have been collected from various churches, are being now kept with all care and fidelity. For, if any of them shall be found to have been lost through negligence or through any person's dishonesty, you will be involved in the guilt of this, being, in virtue of your office of Archdeacon, peculiarly responsible for the custody of the said church.

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Source. Translated by James Barmby. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 12. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1895.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/360201020.htm>.

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