97 – Augustine and Gregory Make a Diocese

So last week we ended with Augustine converting the people of Kent to Christianity and AEthelberht coming out as Christian… was he converted by Augustine or had he already been converted? We just don’t know.

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  1. Some of the questions make sense for a new Archbishop over a new diocese to ask, like how tithes should be distributed or which particular religious customs should be taught to the new Christians there.

    But I was surprised that Augustine asked so many questions about how can enter a church and receive communion. Wouldn’t that be the kind of everyday stuff that comes up in practice a lot? I mean, pregnant women, menstruating women, and married couples having sex are hardly rare. I thought that every priest should know that stuff. Then again, Augustine was an Assistant Abbot before becoming a missionary and then archbishop, so maybe that explains his inexperience in those matters. On the other hand, wouldn’t there be lots of priests around that could answer those types of questions without appealing to the pope?

    1. I was worried about the same thing Lauren, as I too am a late arrival to this series. Fear not, it appears that a lot of the preceding episodes in the current format have been combined, such as the food, drink and dark ages warfare combo episodes. That should explain the disparity.

  2. I have been trying desperately to find a source for the ‘can women go into church while menstruating’ thing for an essay that is due on on Thursday, so in the off-chance anyone sees this before then, do you know where I can find it? It’s the perfect point for what I’m trying to say but I just can’t cite it :/

    1. A good starting place for where to look might be the book of Leviticus and the concept of Niddah. A lot of it begins there, but if you have access to a database of articles (like Lexis or unlocked JSTOR) you might want to do a search for articles on menstruation and the concept of uncleanliness because you should find a wealth of them.

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