Post by Elizabeth on Dec 11, 2018 3:01:29 GMT
The bishops will take care not to promote to ecclesiastical dignities and to the sacred orders but persons capable of fulfilling the functions with dignity. And since the government of souls is the art of arts
, they will instruct carefully
, either by themselves, or by others, those whom they wish to ordain priests, so much on the divine offices than on the sacraments, since it is better that the Church has few good ministers, mainly priests, then several bad.
- Pope Innocent III, Council of 1215