Senlis, Councils of

Senlis, Councils Of (Concilium Silvanectense). There were several councils held in Senlis, which is a town in the department of Oise, France.

1. Held in 873 by the bishops of the provinces of Sens and Rheims, in which Carloman, the son of king Charles the Bald, was brought to judgment, deposed from every ecclesiastical dignity, and reduced to lay communion, on account of his treasonable and other evil practices. See Mansi, 9, 257.

2. Held Nov. 14,1235, by the archbishop of Rheims and six of his suffragans, who put the whole of the king's domains within the province of Rheims under an interdict. SEE COMPIEGNE, SYNODS OF.

3. This council was held in 1310 by Philip de Marigni, archbishop of Sens. Nine Templars were condemned and burned, denying in the hour of death their confession of guilt, extorted from them by torture. See Dubois, Hist. of Paris, p. 551.

4. The fourth council at Senlis was held in 1315 or 1316 by Robert de Courtenay, archbishop of Rheims, and his suffragans, in which Pierre de Latilly, bishop of Chalons-sur-Marne (accused by Louis Hutin of the death of Philip le Bel, and of another murder, and imprisoned), demanded his liberty and the restitution of his property. Subsequently he was entirely justified of the charge, and was left in quiet possession of his bishopric. See Mansi, 11, 1623.

5. Held in 1326 by William de Brie, archbishop of Rheims, with seven of his suffragans (present either in person or by deputy). Seven canons were made.

1. Lays down the proper forms to be observed in holding councils.

4. Declares excommunicated persons to be incapable of suing at law, of defending themselves, and of giving evidence.

5. Excommunicates those who violate the asylum afforded by churches, either by dragging away forcibly those who have taken refuge there, or by refusing them nourishment.

6. Against clandestine marriages.

7. Against those who impeded ecclesiastical jurisdiction. See Mansi, 11, 1768.

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