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In 1230 St. Raymond was summoned to Rome by Pope Gregory IX, who appointed him Auditor of the Apostolic Palace, and the personal Confessor of the Pope. Knowing of his reputation in the study of law, the Pope asked him to help in rearranging and codifying canon law. At that time canon law was scattered in many documents. St. Raymond edited these various sources into one set of documents. Being pleased with Raymond's efforts, the pope announced the new publication in a Bull directed to the doctors and students of Paris and Bologna in September 1234, commanding that the work of Raymond alone should be considered authoritative, and should alone be used in the schools. His collection of canon law, known as the Decretals of Gregory IX, became the standard for almost 700 years. Canon law was only finally fully codified in 1917.
St. Raymond wrote a book for confessors .Where previous works had been list of sins and suggested penances, St. Raymond added commentary based on pertinent doctrines and laws of the Church. It is still widely consulted as an authoritative work on the subject.
St - Raymond - Confessor - King - James
St. Raymond served as the confessor for King James I of Aragon. Once when St. Raymond was on the island of Majorca to initiate a campaign to help convert the Moors living there, the king brought his mistress with him. St. Raymond told the king to send her away. The king refused, so St. Raymond told him he would leave for Barcelona. But the king threatened to punish any ship captain who dared to take him. St. Raymond went down to the seashore where he took off his...
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