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Book II, Letter 7

To Maximianus, Bishop of Syracuse.

Gregory to Maximianus, etc.

We execute more efficiently our heavenly commission, if we share our burdens with our brethren. For this cause we appoint you, our most reverend brother and fellow bishop, to have administration over all the churches of Sicily in the name of the Apostolical See, so that whosoever there is reckoned as being in a condition of religion may by our authority be subject to your Fraternity, to the end that it may not hereafter be necessary for them to make such long sea-voyages in resorting to us for slight causes. But if by any chance there are matters of difficulty which can by no means be settled by the judgment of your Fraternity, in these only let our judgment be solicited, that so we may occupy ourselves more efficaciously in greater causes, being relieved from the least. And be it understood that we give this delegation of authority, not to your place, but to your person, because we have learned from your past life what we may presume of you in your future conduct.

The month of December, the tenth Indiction.

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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/360202007.htm>.

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