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Unraveling the Pallium Dispute between Gregory the Great and John of Ravenna
Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity (2014)
  • Adam Serfass
In a letter dating to July 593, Pope Gregory the Great upbraids John, metropolitan archbishop of Ravenna, for "certain things done ... contrary to custom and the path of humility," more precisely, for when and where John wears his pallium. From no later than the early sixth century, popes granted this garment to certain bishops. Gregory requires many of its recipients, including John, to wear it only during mass; he tells John that a metropolitan who does otherwise is virtually unheard of. But the pope has learned that John wears his pallium in ways sanctioned neither by general custom nor by special privilege: before mass, in his cathedral's secretarium with laypeople present, and, of greater concern, during solemn litanies, penitential processions through the streets of Ravenna. To Gregory, these practices are not minor breaches of ecclesiastical etiquette.
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Kristin Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Alicia F. Batten
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Adam Serfass. "Unraveling the Pallium Dispute between Gregory the Great and John of Ravenna" FarnhamDressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity (2014) p. 75 - 96
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