Sharing none of their confidence in human moral judgment, he points out that the decretists
simply have no idea how to gauge whether a defense really is inculpable.
Brundage, "Impotence, Frigidity and Marital Nullity in the Decretists
and the Early Decretalists," Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, ed, Peter Linehan (Vatican: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1988): 407-423.
82) As some decretists
pointed out, this was justifiable on the grounds that adultery has important civil consequences.
As Beryl Smalley points out, there was no need for twelfth- or thirteenth-century writers to provide a commentary on Augustine's City of God, since these earlier scholars either would not need any apparatus--Smalley suggests John of Salisbury and Otto of Freising for those in this rank--or else would use the work only in florilegia rather than as a whole (among the later may be included the decretists
who quote in succession only part of Augustine's discussion of Lucretia).
10 "Gratian and the Decretists
(Twelfth century): War and Coercion in the Decretum," 109-24.