6 Id. May.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of Lincoln. Mandate, at the recent petition of the dean of St. Mary's, Leicester, in the diocese of Lincoln (containing that some of its statutes are obscure and confused, and some imperfect and useless, whence it happens that in the election of the deans and canons or prebendaries, and otherwise between the deans [and] canons or prebendaries, dissensions and scandals often arise, and worse is to be feared), to examine the said statutes, interpret and declare those that are obscure, change and reform those that are imperfect, annul those that are useless, confirm those that are useful, and make new ones, etc. Deuotis supplicum precibus. [2¼ pp.]
|12 Kal. Aug.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|Motu proprio declaration, etc., as below. After Sixtus IV, by the advice of his brethren [the cardinals], of whom the present pope was one, had made provision to Odo, bishop of Ross [in Ireland], of that church. etc., Thady Maccarryg, who behaves as a clerk, on the pretext that provision had been made to him of the said church, but after the said provision, etc., and without any mention thereof, prevented the said bishop Odo from exercising the care and administration of the said church, and from taking the fruits, etc., of the episcopal mensa, etc., wherefore the said pope Sixtus granted and decreed, motu proprio, certain letters of monition, under sentences of excommunication, etc., against the said Thady and all his adherents. And whereas the said Thady refused to obey, and had been publicly excommunicated, etc., over and over again, in virtue of the said letters and also by authority of the whole provincial council of Cashel, and had remained for many years under the said sentences, etc., the present pope, motu proprio, confirmed the proceedings of pope Sixtus, etc., and excommunicated, etc., the said Thady and his adherents, and by name certain of his accomplices, invoked the aid of the secular arm against them, and annulled all the acts of the said Thady and all letters which should be impetrated by him from, or granted to him by, the apostolic see, without the said bishop Odo having been summoned to the said see or convicted, unless there were inserted therein word for word the tenour of the pope's said letters, etc. Seeing that, as the pope has learned, the said bishop Odo fears lest the said Thady, thus excommunicate, etc., may have impetrated letters from the pope, or may do so in future, in order to colour his intrusion, the pope hereby declares, motu proprio, that all such letters impetrated and to be impetrated in future, in which each of the letters aforesaid is not inserted word for word, without the said bishop Odo having been summoned and convicted, have been and are null and void, etc.; with faculty to the said bishop Odo to absolve rebels from the said sentences, etc., dispense them on account of irregularity, and rehabilitate them, etc. Ad fut. rei mem. Ad compescendos conatus. [4½ pp. Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scotorum, No. DCCCLXXXVI, p. 503, from ‘Secret. Tom. V. fol. 188,’ i.e. the present Register. See also Reg. Vat. DCCLXX, f. 107r., below, pp. 310, 311.]