By Yves-Marie Duval
In 1904, Ed.-Ch. Babut issued a brand new variation of the real Decretale Ad Gallos episcopos with assistance from a moment manuscript of the canonical "collection of St. Maur." He attributed it to Pope Damasus (366-384), and never to Sirice (384-398). however, he did forget about the life of the ancestor of the 2 earlier manuscripts and of an different assortment, materialized this present day through fragmented manuscripts. This re-creation of the Decretale is up to date with assistance from the entire latest traditions and brings major advancements. The attribution to Damasus, mentioned during the twentieth century is right here proven via one other technique than Babut's. The survey of the content material, the texts of the holy scripture used, and argumentation make attainable the identity of the impact of Jerome who used to be the secretary of Damasus in 382-384. He used to be the one guy utilizing particular bible texts or particular expressions found in this Decretale. regardless of his desire to base all his judgements upon the Scripture and upon the Fathers' culture (Nicee-Sardique), we find during this decretale, centred primarily at the lifetime of the blessed virgins and at the hiring method and lifetime of the church, the powerful overview of the ability of the "Sedes apostolica" and in addition of the need of a self-discipline coverage, designed by means of the Church of Rome.