instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Thursday, February 24, 2011

From Medieval Handbooks of Penance

Anyone who utters a falsehood in words whereof good results, by giving a false description to a man's enemies, or by carrying pacific messages between disputants, or by anything that rescues a man from death, there is no heavy penance, provided it is done for God's sake. -- An Old Irish Penitential, ca. 800

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