Mouson, Ecclesiastical Council of

Mouson, Ecclesiastical Council Of

(Concilium Mosomense). Two such were held in the 10th century. The first, held January 13, 948, was composed of Ruotbert, archbishop of Treves, his suffragans, and some other bishops, who, when thus assembled, decreed that AnFtaud should keep possession of the see of Rheims; and that Hugo, who refused to appear at the council, as he had previously refused at Verdun, should be deprived of it until he should appear before the general council (appointed to be held August 1) and justify himself. See Conc. Verdua, 947; Labbe, Conc. 9:622.

Another was held June 2, 995. It was called by pope John XV, who was offended at the deposition of Arnulphus and the election of Gerbert (afterwards pope Sylvester II) to the see of Rheims, and therefore sent Leo, abbot of St. Bonifacius, into France as his legate, who assembled this council. No other prelates, however, attended but the archbishop of Treves, and the bishops of Verdun, Liege, and Munster, all of them from Germany. The legate took his seat in the midst of them, and archbishop Gerbert, being the party accused, was placed opposite to him. Gerbert defended himself with eloquence, and declared that he had been raised to the archbishopric without his own concurrence. The sentence of the council was that he should abstain from the exercise of his archiepiscopal and sacerdotal functions until the matter should have been brought before the Synod of Rheims, convoked for the following Jilvy. It, however, was not held so early, and while Hugh Capet lived Gerbert remained archbishop, and Arnulphus a prisoner at Orleans. See Labbl, Cone. 9:747.

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