6 Kal. Jan.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To John Appulgard, minister of the Trinitarian house of St. James, Athadard [sic], in the diocese of Limerick, under the rule of St. Augustine. (fn. 2) Collation, etc., as below. His recent petition contained that on the voidance of the ministership of the said house by the death of Eugene Offellain extra R.c., Robert Guagung, minister-general of the said Order, to whom by ancient custom the collation and provision of the said ministership belongs, made collation and provision thereof to the above John, who, however, has not had possession. The said petition adding that he fears lest the said collation and provision do not hold good, and it being alleged that the said ministership (fn. 3) is still void as above, the pope hereby makes his collation and provision of the said ministership, which is conventual, is wont to be held by friars of the said Order, of whom he is one, having made his profession, and has cure of souls, wont to be exercised by a perpetual vicar, and whose yearly value does not exceed 54 marks sterling; with mandate executory, hereby, to the bishops of Limerick and Clonfert, and Richard Waryng, a canon of Limerick, Religionis zelus, vite etc. [5 pp.+. In the margin at the end: ‘April(is).' See Reg. Vat. DCCXLIV, f. 126v., above, p. 254.]
11 Kal. May.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|Declaration, etc., as below. A suit having lately arisen between Odo, bishop of Ross, and Thady Macarca [sic], a bishop in the universal church, about the rule and administration of the church of Ross (provision of which, then void by the death of Donald extra R. c., was successively made to each of them by divers letters of the late Sixtus IV (fn. 4) ), each of them alleging that he had been canonically appointed to the said church, and that he was being unlawfully hindered by the other; and an appeal having been made to the apostolic see on behalf of the said Thady from letters of the said Sixtus (by which it was declared that the said Odo was canonically bishop, and by which the said Thady and his abettors (fn. 5) were inhibited under ecclesiastical censures from hindering the said Odo in the said rule and administration, and by which the chapter, clergy, and people, and the vassals and subjects of the said church were ordered to obey the said Odo as their true bishop), and from other letters which had emanated from the present pope about the approbation and renewal of the said letters, and other things concerning the said promotion, and about the execution thereof, the pope gave a commission to Oliver, [cardinal] bishop of Sabina, to summon the said Odo and others concerned, hear the cause of the said appeal and of the validity or invalidity of the said letters, and also the cause of the principal matter, and report to the pope in consistory, according to custom, full power ad cautelam being granted to him to absolve the said Thady and his abettors from the said censures and pains, dispense them from any irregularity contracted by them through celebrating masses [and other] divine offices when under such censures, etc., and relax the interdict contained in the said letters, which bishop, after having summoned the said Odo, and the latter and the said Thady appearing before him, both by their proctors and in their own persons, has made a diligent examination and, being hindered by a lawful impediment, has caused what he had found to be reported in consistory to the pope and his brethren by Francis, cardinal deacon of St. Eustachius's. The pope, therefore, having had the faithful report of the said bishop Oliver on the merits of the said cause, and wishing to put an end to the said suit, hereby declares, with the counsel of his said brethren, that provision was canonically made of the person of the said Odo to the said church of Ross and that he is bishop thereof, that the said Thady never had any right and has no right in the rule and administration, and imposes perpetual silence upon him in the matter of the said church and its rule and administration, wills and decrees that he and all others comprehended in the said letters of monition of the same predecessor and his own are bound to obey them in future, under the censures and pains contained therein, and absolves the same Odo (who, as was alleged, before his said promotion entered the Order of Friars Minors, called [the Friars] of the Observance, and left it, but within the year of probation; and who, in order to recover a certain perpetual vicarage of a certain parish church, which he was holding at the time of the said entrance, and which was thereafter collated by authority of the ordinary to another, gave the latter, in order that he should resign it for the said purpose, a certain sum of money or other goods; and who, after [provision had been made] of his person to the church of Ross, as void by the cession of the said bishop Donald (who had already died when his proctor made the said cession to the aforesaid Sixtus, and before other letters emanated from the same Sixtus, by which he willed that the preceding provision and appointment made of the said Odo to the said church, as void by cession, should hold good as if it had been void by death, meddled with the said rule and administration under pretext of the said appointment made of his person to the said church, as void by the said cession, and exercised things which belonged to episcopal order and the jurisdiction of Ross, and took the fruits of the said [sic] mensa), (fn. 6) from apostasy, simony, and the censures and pains incurred thereby, dispenses him on account of any irregularity contracted by celebrating masses and other divine offices, when under such censures, and rehabilitates him, and grants to him that the earlier and later letters obtained from the said Sixtus in the matter of his promotion and appointment aforesaid, and also the said letters of Sixtus and of the present pope, and other letters, and their contents, and all matters which belonged to episcopal order and the jurisdiction of Ross (having been otherwise lawfully performed by him), shall hold good in future and have full force in all respects, as if the aforegoing had been expressed in the letters of the same Sixtus, and as if the said Odo had obtained the said absolution, dispensation, and rehabilitation from him, (fn. 7) etc. Ad futuram rei memoriam. Super cathedram preheminentie pastoralis.