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28) In addition, celibacy meant that choosing priests as cofathers obviated future marital impediments arising from the cognatio spritualis, the spiritual tie that united all baptismal kin and their children.
Florentines enmeshed in the baptismal kinship nexus had certain specific duties toward each other besides the close friendship implied in and the sexual taboos arising out of the cognatio spiritualis.
hujus [cosmography's] enim tanta est cum historia cognatio et affinitas, ut altera alterius pars esse videatur.