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The Enforcement Of Conciliar Rulings

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Historians have been rightly skeptical of the ability of the Frankish synods to implement their own rulings. The repetition of conciliar pronouncements is oft en cited as evidence for this view. When conciliar participants returned home to their respective civitates following the closing of proceedings, they carried with them copies of the council's decisions. There was a concern, however, that the bishops would file the documents away in the cathedral archives, where they would lie, forgotten. A final point is that whether or not one wishes to apply the terminology of "Landeskirche" or "Reichskirche" to the Frankish church-terms that are anachronistic in their implications, if not entirely devoid of truth, particularly for the reign of Charlemagne-modern U.S. notions about the separation of church and state certainly never applied to the Frankish kingdoms.

Keywords: conciliar rulings; Frankish council



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