Where the danger, Gregorio 10, 7 July 1274 A.D.
Where there is greater danger, there must certainly be greater foresight. How heavy are the losses, the dangers of the Church of Rome is filled with a long vacancy, the number and severity, were summoned and manifest the distinctions of time we wisely consider the crises undergone. Hence, openly challenges us, so that while we devote ourselves skillfully to give to the intention of the reform of lesser evils, those of greater danger, he would not let us leave without appropriate remedy. Therefore, all things, in the election of the Roman Pontiff, for avoiding dissensions by our predecessors of happy memory, Pope Alexander the third and especially by a wisely instituted, shall be entirely unmoved, should remain in his own, for there is nothing from these we intend, but that experience proved to be wanting in the present constitution in its necessities.
§1 With the approval of this sacred council, we establish that, if the pope dies in the city, in which he resided with his curia, it happen that the end of the day, the cardinals who are in that city are in this life, to await the absent for ten days only. These days have passed, whether those absent have arrived or not, all are to assemble in the palace, where the pope lived, content with one servant only, faithful, clergy or lay people, at choice. However those with whom an evident need to have permit to have two, with the same choice. In the same, however, the palace of the one room, without anything to the wall or called by a lid, all the inhabitants of the common room, except for the entrance to the vault with the unrestrained access to a private, and so are to be closed on every side, that no one may go in or to go out; the ability for anyone is to be granted, nor the cardinals secretly to speak with them; some who had been admitted neither go in themselves, can only be those who with the consent of all the cardinals present may be called only for matters of the election ward, that might be called. It is not lawful to send a messenger or a written message, to the cardinals or to any one. Those, however, contrary to this by sending a message, or when any one of them automatically incur the sentence of excommunication. In the conclave some suitable window is to be put away, open through which the necessary food may be served conveniently to the cardinals, but through it, no one is to be possible into the community. But if, which God forbid, should within three days after, that I may be proclaimed, the same cardinals, they may enter the chamber, the above-mentioned, it is not done to the church of the shepherd has been taken care of, for the space of five days, and immediately following, day after day, both at lunch than on Maundy Thursday they be content with only one dish. Have not provided a pastor, then only bread, wine and water are served to the cardinals until they do provide a pope. During the course of the provision of this kind of business, they may receive nothing from the papal election the cardinals of the church, nor from any other revenue accruing to the time of the vacancy, but all these things, during the vacancy, under the care the treasury of faith and that of which it has been entrusted, to be preserved by him for the disposition of the future of the high priest reserve. Those who have accepted something, they are bound to abstain from receiving any of the revenues due to them to abstain, until you have made full restitution of what they have accepted in. That the cardinals may be free to hasten the, which shall not be getting involved in the business of another, except, perhaps, an urgent necessity that we will, it would be necessary to provide for some of the land of the Church or one of its parts or unless there is something so great, so great danger imminent upon it is evident, that in all the and each of the cardinals recognize as demanding their attention. Of course, if any one of the cardinals of the aforesaid chamber, the above-mentioned, as is expressed above, it did not enter, or entering into, without a clear proof for reasons of, come forth, neither have entered into the same matter of the election without soliciting his to admit him further, by means of others shall proceed freely to the elgendum make a substitution for the high priest. If, however, owing to sudden illness, the same thing happens that one of them leaves, it is also the illness lasts, without soliciting his vote shall be able to, to go on. But if you wish to return to the other before or after recovering her health has been restored to, or even if others were absent, whom we have to wait for ten days, had come into effect, that is, before the provision of the shepherd of the church is the same, in the same business in the state in which they found it , are to be admitted, that the aforementioned, as well of the cloister and of the servers, with meat and drink, and the rest, with the other to observe this.
§2 Moreover, if the above-mentioned out of the city when the Roman Pontiff, in which he had been with his curia, sat up, a chance to move away from this world, they are kept in the city of the cardinal, in whose territory or district the pontiff died, and to belong, unless it is forbidden, and against the Roman Church in perhaps open rebellion. In which case they meet in another city, the nearest which is neither under interdict nor does it have, (as foretold), and open rebellion. In this city also, both as to the expectations of the absent and as to the habitation of the public, and the enclosure, and all other things that may be reckoned in the house of the bishops, the cardinals, or any other, the same which have been stated above, that the death of the pope dies in the city in which he resided with his curia, are expressed.
§3 Moreover, since it is not enough to determine the law, unless there is someone to enforce them, we decree by adding that the rulers and officials of the city, in which the election is held, the authority of the Roman pontiff, the power of our own, with the approval of the council, handed over to him, was sent before all things, and each of the fully and inviolably, without fraud and deceit; they can do to be observed, and do not the cardinals, more than the above described, it is constrained impositions. With regard to those things to be observed, however, in such a manner, immediately upon the death of the high priest of the Most High, in the presence of the clergy and people of the city, for this special assembling, and perform bodily oath. But if you happened to be in the premises, or reference to such things, they commit fraud or do not diligently serve him, they, regardless of their pre-eminence, condition or status, the cessation of all privilege, the very fact that the bond of excommunication, they are bound by and at all times they are ill repute, of the dignity of the gates were opened, and I was never, nor to any public admission office. We decree, moreover fiefs and goods of the other things which the Church of Rome by the same or any other churches, by that fact have decided to become private citizens, so that they return to the churches in their entirety and with freedom, so that they might without opposition in a decision of the administrators of those of the churches. The city itself is to be not only laid under interdict but also deprived of pontifical dignity.
§4 For the rest, because, when each will must be either the necessity of the obligation to swear allegiance to something at a certain inordinate passion, ceases on the subject of choice, liberty of choice is, we, beseeching the cardinals, Through the tender mercy of our God, through the shedding of His precious Blood, solemnly protest that, pondering attentively their immediate duty, when there is question of the creation of a vicar of Jesus Christ, the Successor of Peter, of the rector of the Universal Church, the director of the flock of the Lord's, with all the affection of a disorder of the private deposits, and of any conditions of the agreement, of the congregation, as well as the necessity of the obligation of the contemplation of intendimenti condicti and when they do not in themselves, or in the not consider their own relatives, or on its own way, to seek out, it does not intend to the interests of private persons, but in no one except God, influencing their judgment in making its choice, that with pure minds, and their children, on the bare awareness of the utility of the election of the State can be energy, with all zeal and care, in so far as the possibility of the issue, and their minds this only, that by their ministry accelerated the provision of useful and the essential character of the whole world, give to the Church a short time in a convenient for the damage. Those who act otherwise, subject to the divine punishment, and their fault, except for a grave penance on its account, by no means to be abolished. And we have yet another way of negotiations, agreements, obligations, null and void all, are the bond, Oath, or of any other structured on the basis of stability, abolish, invalidate and strength we declare completely without it, so that no matter how they have to be observed to the things that he be.
§5 Since, however, it is so much the finding of the faithful who are not to be trusted, which is to be hoped, of an instance of prayer, of humble and devout, to this decree, that in all cities and in other prominent places, the certainty of the death of the high priest, where the first to partake of the aforementioned may shine upon us, and for the people by the clergy after solemn funeral rites celebrated in the presence of him, day after day, until she experienced the truth of the rumor of the church is the providing of the unquestioned, humble prayers be poured out to the Lord, beseeching Him in order that He Who brings about harmony in his high places, may so form the hearts of the same Cardinals with harmony in the election, which is the provision of swift , diversity is harmony, and is profitable, as it calls for the salvation of souls and of the whole world, will result from their unanimity. And do not be neglected under cover of ignorance that so salutary a proclamation of the present, we strictly command that patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and other prelates of churches to whom has been entrusted the duty the word of God, the clergy and the people, assembled together specially for this, in his own words to prayer for a speedy and happy termination of so great a matter, ought to encourage, and to them not only to frequent prayer but the observance of the same authority, prot swift and happy outcome, indicate the time of fasting.
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St. Elijah (cf. §784, Catholic Catechism),
St. John the Baptist (cf. §785, Catholic Catechism),
Edward Palamar Popovich (cf. §786, Catholic Catechism),
the Resurrected Prophet of the Most High (Luke 1:76),
whom Jesus Christ calls "the Elias who was to come" (Matthew 11:14),
enjoying the rapture of Christ's love in the duty of
Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman, cf. St. Malachy Prophecy),
the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven (Matthew 24:30)