For example no trace of it will be found in that great historian of the Gallic Church, St. Augustine of England; and in the writings of Pope St.Gregory the Great the Dionysian Era is not adopted.The principle that imperial decrees and charters must be "dated" as a condition of validity, i.e.
The matter of mixed marriages has become a burning issue between Protestants and Roman Catholics in recent months.
Several leading representatives of twentieth-century Protestantism have publicly taken a strong stand against the papal policy which to all intents and purposes say, "We make all the rules for any marriage in which a Roman Catholic is a party." Most important among the published statements on such marriages is the 24-page tract, of August 2, 1945, carried a fine article, 'This Matter of Mixed Marriages," by Frank C. Lieutenant Colonel Ridecitif is a retired chaplain of the United States Army.
I promise on my word of honor that I will not in any way hinder or obstruct the said ________ of the exercise of _______ religion and that all children of either sex born of our marriage shall be baptized and educated in the Catholic faith and according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, even though the said __________ should be taken away by death.
"I further promise that I will marry _________ only according to the marriage rite of the Catholic Church; that I will not, either before or after the Catholic ceremony, present myself with __________ for marriage before a civil magistrate or minister of the gospel.
(Bresslau, Handbuch, I, 891.) In this matter the Italian chancery officials seem to have been much more careful than those of the rest of Europe.
The same is true with regard to the correctness of the dates which do appear in official documents, especially those of the early Middle Ages.On the other hand, the last three agree in using the Christian Era and from this time the practice is continuous.In the intervening year which breaks this series into two parts falls the death of Bede A. 735." Very noteworthy is the decree of an English synod held in 816, wherein it is prescribed that the bishop shall put the acts of the synod into writing and date them by the Era of the Incarnation.It was the pope's habit to date his letters by the regnal years of the emperor and letters so dated may be seen in Bede's "Ecclesiastical History", just as they were copied from the Roman archives.Apparently it was the Englishman Bede himself who was the first to bring the Dionysian system into general use, for it was through him that it was adopted in literature, having been employed systematically not only in his "De Temporum Ratione" but especially in his "Ecclesiastical History".In the empire it only became general in the latter part of the ninth century, while although it occurs occasionally in papal documents of the time of John XIII (965-972), it was not the rule before the twelfth century.