By Conrad Leyser
Whilst barbarians invaded the Roman Empire within the years round four hundred advert, Christian priests concealed of their cloisters--or so it's always assumed. Conrad Leyser indicates that priests within the early medieval West have been, in reality, pioneers within the production of a brand new language of ethical authority. He describes the making of this custom over centuries from St. Augustine to St. Benedict and Gregory the good.
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CCSL , ). It is possible, although by no means certain, that this is the same community as that founded by Cassian. See S. Loseby, ‘Marseille in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’ (Oxford Univ. D. Phil. thesis, ), ff. -C. Moulinier, Saint-Victor de Marseille: les récits de sa passion, Studi di Antichità Cristiana (Vatican City, ), –, esp. ; and P. Amargier, Un Âge d’or du monachisme: Saint Victor de Marseille (–) (Marseilles, ). My thanks to Simon Loseby for his advice on this point.
87 De corr. et grat. , PL , , NPNF , . De corr. et grat. , PL , , NPNF , . 85 For Augustine’s ‘medicinal’ view of correction, see L. Aug. Serm. . V. Grossi, ‘Correptio–Correctio–Emendatio in Agostina d’Ippona: Terminologia penitenziale e monastica’, Augustinianum (), –, argues that Augustine’s concept of correctio was ecclesiastical and disciplinary (as Verheijen’s ‘medicinal’), in contrast to the Stoic idea of fraternal correction that was to be developed subsequently in the monastic tradition—a point not incompatible with that advanced here.
PL , , NPNF , . 83 84 Fifth-Century Authorities Augustine insisted that those in power were still responsible for the sins of those in their charge, and unless they announced those sins, they would be held complicit. The Lord had appointed the prophet Ezekiel as the watchman of the house of Israel, with the duty to warn the people of the danger they posed to themselves: For it is true that no one perishes except the son of perdition, but God says by the mouth of Ezekiel. ’88 The existential condition of those in power was that they had to remain constantly vigilant to announce to the people their sins—all the while staring into the opacity of their mutual eschatological future.
Authority and Asceticism from Augustine to Gregory the Great (Oxford Historical Monographs) by Conrad Leyser