L I B R A R Y
THE THEODOSIUS CODEX
Revelation 16:13,14 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth...
EXCERPTS FROM "THE THEODOSIUS CODEX"
C. Th. XVI.v.1: It is necessary that the privileges which are bestowed for the cultivation of religion should be given only to followers of the Catholic faith. We desire that heretics and schismatics be not only kept from these privileges, but be subjected to various fines. Constantine Augustus.
315 16.8.1 No one is allowed to join Judaism.
326 16.5.1 Religious privileges are reserved for (Catholic) Christians.
337 Title 4 Jews may not own circumcised slaves.
339 16.9.2 Jews who circumcise slaves shall be executed.
352 16.8.7 Persons who join Judaism from Christianity shall have their property confiscated.
357 16.2.13 Privileges granted to the Church in Rome shall be upheld.
378 16.5.4 Alters and worship places of non-Catholic religions shall be confiscated.
379 16.5.5 Heresies may not be taught.
380 16.1.2 "All of the people shall believe in God within the concept of the Holy Trinity... and take the name Catholic Christians. Meeting places of those who do not believe shall not be given the status of churches, and such people may be subject to prosecution.
381 16.1.3 Churches confessing the Trinity must come under the authority of certain approved bishops; those not in communion with them shall not retain church status.
381 16.5.6 "Heretics are defined as those who do not observe the Nicene faith. Their teachings are forbidden. A definition of the Trinity is established. "
383 16.5.12 "Arians, Macedonians, Apollinarians, and other groups outside the Church are not allowed to ordain clergy or construct churches in either urban or rural areas. Local officials are responsible for enforcement of this law."
388 16.4.2 Public preaching and debate about religion is banned.
388 16.5.15 "Members of non-Catholic sects are denied right of assemble, are forbidden to have even secret meetings, and may not erect altars. The emperor appoints officers to identify and prosecute such persons."
389 16.5.19 "Both in the city and surrounding areas, leaders of non-Catholic Christian groups may not hold funeral meetings."
391 16.5.20 Gathering or assembly of any kind is denied to persons not of the Catholic faith.
392 16.4.3 Anyone who “should disturb the Catholic faith” is to be deported.
392 16.5.21 "If heretical clergy are ordained, the property where the ordination occurred is to be seized by the government if the ordination occurred with the owner’s permission. If it was done without his knowledge, he may be fined or beaten and deported.
394 16.5.22 Heretics shall not be allowed to appoint or confirm bishops.
394 16.5.24 Teaching of heretical doctrine is to be forbidden. Judges and other officials must enforce this law.
395 16.5.25 Restates those with “common religious insanity” may not leave or inherit property or work in the imperial service
395 16.5.26 Restatement of earlier laws: people outside the Catholic faith may not assemble or appoint bishops.
395 16.5.29 "Specifically directs a Roman official to investigate whether any heretics are present in the imperial service. If so, they are to be removed from service and exiled outside the city as are accessories to the crime."
396 16.5.32 "Meeting places and even homes of heretics are to be confiscated by the government, and their occupants expelled."
398 16.5.28 "Anyone who disagrees with the Catholic Church even on a minor point of doctrine is considered a heretic.
399 16.2.34 The Church shall not have its privileges violated; anyone who impedes the Church shall be fined.
399 16.8.14 Revenue collected by Jewish synagogue rulers is to be sent instead to the imperial treasury.
400 16.8.16 Jews and Samaritans are not allowed to serve in the imperial service.
402 16.5.30 "Clergy of heretical groups will be expelled from Constantinople. Their meeting places, whether churches or private houses, will be confiscated. Should the Prefect of the city fail to enforce this, he will be fined."
404 16.4.6 Assemblies of persons who call themselves orthodox Christians but try to worship elsewhere are banned.
405 16.5.38 "Worship shall be uniform, and all shall recognize the Trinity. There shall be one understanding of salvation."
408 16.5.44 It is forbidden “to attempt anything that is contrary and opposed” to the Catholic faith
409 16.2.31 There shall be no public demonstrations against the Catholic Church.
409 16.5.47 Anyone who opposed or objected to regulations enacted for the benefit of the Catholic Church will have his objections overruled.
410 16.11.3 Donatism is abolished and laws regarding the Catholic faith remain in place and are to be enforced.
410 16.5.51 Any imperial decree which may have indicated rights for heretics is annulled.
414 16.5.54 Property of heretics are to be given to the Catholic Church. Patrimony shall be taken from anyone harboring heretics. Senators who are Donatists are to be fined. Judges shall likewise be fined.
418 16.8.24 "Jews may not enter imperial service. Jews who have already taken the oath for service may remain, except those in the armed service."
423 16.8.27 "Jews may not construct new synagogues, but old ones will not be torn down. Other prohibitions are upheld."
425 16.5.63 "Heresies, false doctrines, and pagan beliefs are prosecuted, and punishment may befall those who do not repent."
426 16.7.7 No time limit is to exist for investigation of apostates.
428 16.5.65 Churches taken by heretics from the orthodox are to be returned to the Catholic Church. If clergy should be created by heretics, each the cleric and the person who appointed him are to be fined.