Emperors Decree that Orthodox Christians Can Be Named Defenders of the City

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Roman emperors Honorius and Theodosius II decree that the only people who can be appointed as a "defender of the city" are orthodox Christians that is to say, only those Christians who maintain faithful communion with orthodox bishops of the Catholic Church.

The imperial decree states:

"We order that municipal defenders shall be chosen from those who have been initiated into the sacred mysteries of the orthodox religion, and appointed by a decree of the Most Reverend Bishops, clerks, persons of honorable rank, possessors of property and curiae.

The selection shall be referred to the illustrious Pr torian Prefect, in order that the appointment may be confirmed by him in writing." [CI 1.55.8]
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