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The ‘False Decretals’

Also known as the ‘Canons of Pseudo-Isidore II’

840 AD, France

The ‘False Decretals’ are a collection of Church legislation of around 840 AD in the South of France. They are also known as the Decretals of Pseudo-Isidore because their compilers passed themselves off as St. Isidore of Seville.

The Decretals claim to be a collection of decrees of councils and decretals of Popes from the first seven centuries. Most of the papal letters are forgeries. The collection contains:

  1. letters of early Popes before Nicea (325 AD), from Clement to Miltiades, all of which are forgeries;
  2. decrees of Church councils, most of which are genuine;
  3. a collection of letters of Popes, from Sylvester I (died 335 AD) until Gregory II (died 731 AD), at least 40 of which are falsifications.

Unfortunately, the Decretals were accepted as authentic in the early Middle Ages. They exerted a great influence on canonists, theologians and councils.

Letter of Pope Soter to the Bishops of Italy.

“It has come to the notice of the apostolic See that consecrated women or nuns among you touch sacred vessels or palls and carry incense round the alter. Noone in his senses doubts that this behaviour deserves condemnation and correction. Therefore we command you on the basis on the authority of this Holy See, that you put an end to this behaviour thoroughly and as soon as possible. And in order that this kind of plague will not proliferate further in other provinces, we order that the practice be discontinued as soon as possible”.

.. .. ..“The Apostle says: “I have betrothed you to one man, in order to present you as pure virgin to Christ. ” That is to say, the virgin is virgin Church, bride of the one man Christ, a bride who will not permit herself to be besmirched by any kind of error or dishonorable fault, so that she might everywhere preserve for us the single entirety of the one pure fellowship.”

P. Hinschius, ea., Decretales Pseudo-Isidorianae et Capitula Angilramni (reprint, Aalen, 1963), p. 124.

Corpus Juris Canonici, edited by A.Friedberg, Leipzig 1879-1881; reprint Graz 1955; vol. 1, col. 86.

Compare the Liber Pontificalis, Vita Sotheri, chapter 2: “This Boniface (Pope Boniface I) ruled that no woman or religious sister should touch the sacred altar cloths or wash them or use incense in church except a minister. (Liber Pontificalis I, 227).



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