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Book X, Letter 10

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To Romanus, Guardian (Defensorem).

Gregory to Romanus, our guardian in Sicily.

It has been reported to us that our most reverend brother the bishop Basilius is occupied in legal suits as though he were one of the last of the people, and unprofitably attends the courts. Now, since this thing both renders the man himself vile and does away with the reverence due to priests, let your Experience, immediately on receiving this order, so compel him by strict execution of it to return to his duty that, through your insistency, a delay of five days be not under any excuse allowed him; lest, if you should in any way permit him to make such delay, you with him should come to be gravely culpable before us. Given in the month of December, Indiction 3.

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Source. Translated by James Barmby. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 13. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1898.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <>.

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