Change of the Frankish Church below Carolingians
-By 741, the Frankish House of worship had organised no councils for a long time, Pope Zacharias said that ‘priests hardly know was priesthood is' and Boniface said that Frankish clergy had a reputation intended for adultery
-It needed change and Carloman I recognized this, asking Boniface to convene a synod ‘to correct and amend ecclesiastical discipline'
-742/3 Concilium Germanicum, 744 council at Leptinnes both summoned by Carloman and a single summoned by brother Pippin at Soissons for his Neustrian royaume, same year; working in collaboration
-Brothers made a decision that starting from that point synods would be held each year, to ensure that the Church functioned ‘according for the canons'
-These councils nevertheless were even more ‘statements certainly not of achievement but of intent'-if there were following annual councils there is no signal of them
-Only 7 bishops were named to attend Concilium germanicum, in least 3 of to whom were Boniface's disciples and maybe only one of whom was a Frank-not a wholesome church!
-Neustria better nevertheless with as many as 27 bishops at Soissons
-Aims to de-secularise and reconstitute the Church as ‘an self-employed, distinctive institution' with clerics who existed and dressed distinctly, don't carry hands and most significantly were celibate
-Candidates to get priesthood and bishoprics being examined simply by Synod
-Priests to be subject to bishops, both these styles whom guaranteed pagan practice and heretics repressed
-Monks and nuns to follow secret of St Benedict, have sufficient land to fulfill their trip and lease any extra to support milites
-Laymen weren't to forcinate, swear force oaths; would have been to look after the Church, is important would co-operate with bishops in pastoral work-‘urged to view themselves since office-holders which has a key role to play'…'protectors of the Church'
-At Soissons, secular authority stressed while ‘ready to discipline anyone that disregards this kind of decree'
-‘A conception in the different orders of the Christian society'
-If the Church was to be de-secularised, wealth stolen by it in the last generation will not to be restored; this could not happen through the ‘wholesale restitution of church lands' which could distrain the heavily depended on milites, and Carloman and Pippin resisted this concept of Boniface's
-Instead the Chapel would be ‘consoled' for its losses and the extra wealth presented over (at least for the time) to military functions; their proprietary right to it would be recognized through a rent that might be paid
-Suggestions however that was challenging to enforce and so on a policy needed detailed surveying of house of worship lands impossible till the next generation
-747 one more council organised, now covering both territories-each attendant swore in writing to ‘obey the orders of St Peter', ‘a formal profession of unity with Rome'
-Codex Carolinus demonstrates Carloman and Pippin the two regularly looked to Ancient rome for guidance, Pippin obtaining manuscripts of canon law to help coordinate the house of worship around this time
-Pippin at this point acted often in self-reliance of Boniface, his nearest reforming councilors were the two Franks; Chrodegang, Bishop of Metz from 742 and Fulrad hieromonach of St Denis by 749/750, both these styles whom acquired close connections with Ancient rome
-Ties with Rome exploited to inspire translation of books and relics; a great act that will later be viewed as ‘a vital part of the notion that Rome was reborn in Francia'
-751 Pippin crowned and anointed rex dei Gratia, straining that his office was a minsterium, helpful to the Carolingians in legitimizing a secret grounded none in blood nor tradition-giving the impression Pippin selected due to his usefulness, guarding the Roman Church coming from Lombard violence and in the correctio with the Franks and the allies; a variety of self-interest and idealism
-A second devotion in 754 seals the alliance with the Papacy with Chrodegang at the helm of proceedings
-Councils continue relatively...