But wherever the idea of sacred exists, sacrilege is possible..
Old age was held in high honour, but it was sacrilege to speak, or even to think, of the dead.
In the Theodosian Code the various crimes which are accounted sacrilege include - apostasy, heresy, schism, Judaism, paganism, attempts against the immunity of churches and clergy or privileges of church courts, the desecration of sacraments, &c. and even Sunday.
"Theft sacrilege" was treated in a separate series of equally savage clauses.
He revoked numerous pensions and grants conferred by his predecessors upon idle courtiers, and, meeting the reproach of sacrilege made by the patriarch of Constantinople by a decree of exile, resumed a proportion of the revenues of the wealthy monasteries.