Ob Honorem Sacramenti Matrimonii: The Redefinition of Churching

  • Paula M. Rieder
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


A statute issued by the bishop of Meaux in 1493 included a clear statement of the meaning churching had acquired by the end of the Middle Ages. The statute began with the passage from Pope Gregory, perhaps drawn from Gratian or a collection of canon law, in which Gregory stated that women ought not be kept away from church after giving birth to a child unless they chose to do this out of devotion. The bishop then turned to the customs of Meaux.


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