Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History

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Potent or Great Man, he is not to seek his Remedy in the Spiritual College, but in the College of Justice, or afterward, in the Senate. Only the injur'd Person must open his Case to the Spiritual College, and then the President and the whole College shall join in Succouring their suffering Brother, and detach some worthy Men out of their Body to sollicit his Cause and to ask for Justice, where it is requir'd.

11thly, Confessors or the Spiritual Fathers of Persons of Distinction, if they apprehend Difficulty in any Case, are to represent it to the Spiritual College, and the College of Justice; and both these Colleges shall judge and decide the Question.

12thly, The Spiritual College shall appoint Laws for the Distribution of Alms, because herein are great Abuses. Many base People in perfect Health, because they will not labour, are dismiss'd to go a begging, and they ramble every where without any Shame. . . .

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But to sum up in brief the Mischiefs that are done by these Villains. In the publick Roads as they find their Opportunity, they break open Carriages; they are Incendiaries, and hire themselves out for Spies to Rebels and Traitors; they rail at Government, and wickedly traduce the Sovereign himself, and incline and excite the People to vilify and despise Dignities. Some pervert even the most Christian Duties, they go not to Church out of a Principle of Duty, but only to howl incessantly in the Church. And what is a Barbarity and Inhumanity that exceeds Belief; some put out the Eyes of their Children, disjoint their Hands and Arms, and dismember them, to make them really necessitous, and the greater Objects of Charity. O, a wicked Race of Men indeed! It is therefore the great Duty of the Spiritual College to consider well hereof, and to consult the best way of extirpating this Evil, to prescribe Rules for Alms-deeds; and after they have drawn up those Rules, to entreat his Imperial Majesty, that he will please to ratify and enforce them with his Royal Edict.

13thly, And it is not the least Part of their Duty to restrain Priests from Simony, and to prevent their impudent Exactions. For this Purpose it is requisite that they advise with the Senators, what Number of Houses shall be allotted to each Parish, out of the Rents of which so much is to be given to the Priest, and to the lesser Orders of the Church, as may be a Competency, according to their Ranks, and that they may not hereafter exact unreasonable Dues for Christenings, Burials, Marriages, &c.

But this our Appointment does not debar good Men from giving to the Priest what they are dispos'd to bestow upon him out of Charity and Good-Will.

Source: Tho. Consett (ed.), The Present State and Regulations of the Church of Russia ( London, 1729), pp. 3-10, 15-22, 104-112. Russian and Latin texts in C. Tondini, Réglement ecclésiastique de Pierre le grand ( Paris, 1874).


SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE

J. Cracraft, The Church Reform of Peter the Great ( Stanford, 1971).

W. K. Medlin, Moscow and East Rome. A Political Study of the Relations of Church and State in Muscovite Russia ( Geneva, 1952).

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