Letter 3.36 to Defensor Sabinus of Sardinia (May 593)
Gregory to Sabinus, defensor of Sardinia
Gregory discusses some other matters.
Furthermore, since some wrongdoings have been reported to us concerning the person of the presbyter Epiphanius, it is necessary that you examine all of these quite diligently. Hurry also to bring here either the woman with whom he is said to have erred, or others whom you feel know something about this same case, so that the truth can be clearly revealed for an ecclesiastical sentence. But you will take care to carry out all of this so efficiently for both parties that no guilt over neglect applies to you, knowing as we do that it spells danger for you in every way, if this command of ours should be delayed in any way.
(trans. Martyn 2004: 259–260, slightly altered by J. Szafranowski)