Fathers of the Church
Epistle LXXIX: to Martinus, Bishop in Corsica
by Gregory the Great in 590-604 | translated by James Barmby, D.d
Gregory to Martinus, &c.
To those who ask for what is just it behoves us to lend a kindly ear, to the end both that the petitioners may find the remedies they hope for, and that the anxious care of a shepherd be not wanting to the Church. And inasmuch as the church of Tanates, in which thy Fraternity was formerly adorned with sacerdotal dignity, has for its sins been so taken possession of and ruined by hostile savagery that no further hope remains of thy returning thither, we appoint thee, by authority of these presents, undisputed cardinal priest in the Church of Salona, which has now been long deprived of the aid of a pontiff. Do thou therefore so arrrange and order all things according to the injunctions of the canons with vigilant care in the love of God, that both thy Fraternity may rejoice in havinga ttained they desires, and the Church of God may be filled with answering joy in having received thee as cardinal pontiff.
Taken from "The Early Church Fathers and Other Works" originally published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. in English in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in 1867. (LNPF II/XII, Schaff and Wace). The digital version is by The Electronic Bible Society, P.O. Box 701356, Dallas, TX 75370, 214-407-WORD.