Saturday, December 29, 2007

The 13th Century Frat Boys of Nidaros Seminary

From the letter "Cum, sicut ex" to Sigurd, Archbishop of Nidaros (a city in Norway), July 8, 1241:

Since as we have learned from your report, it sometimes happens because of the scarcity of water, that infants of your lands are baptized in beer, we reply to you in the tenor of those present that, since according to evangelical doctrine it is necessary "to be reborn from water and the Holy Ghost" (John III:5) they are not to be considered rightly baptized who are baptized in beer.
Shortly thereafter the fraternity was broken up and the seminarians were ordered to brew tea instead.

1 comment:

Gretchen said...

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