canons on hunting

The Church does not absolutely forbid all hunting to clerics. The law distinguishes between ordinany hunting, described by the authors as that species in which a man goes out for game with one or two dogs and without much paraphernalia; and the chase (venatio clamorosa) again described as that which is attended by a large number with many dogs, horsemen, and the like. The former is not to be habitual with clerics as we gather from the words "Ne indulgeant"; to do so occasionally would therefore be no fault against this law; the chase, however, they are never to follow.

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