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Juridical Administration In The Church And Pastoral Care In Late Antiquity

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In the last decade of the 5th century, Ruricius, the bishop of Limoges, wrote to Praesidius, a venerable acquaintance whose career as a public official under the Visigoths was coming to a close. The performance and evocation of penance helped to shape daily acts of piety, notions of forgiveness, and the way people anticipated the Final Judgement throughout the late antique world. This chapter focuses on Latin sources from the fourth through sixth centuries. Late antique penance might seem a rigid and unworkable thing in retrospect, particularly at times when efforts for reform peaked within the western Church, whether during the Carolingian reforms of the 9th century, or around the fourth Lateran council in 1215.

Keywords: juridical administration; late antiquity; penance; Ruricius



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