In a special excursus of considerable length he has paid a tribute of the highest order to monachism, and in his characterization of Theodosius II.
He " did not allow himself to be hurried on by an inconsiderate zeal to condemn fasting, the life of celibacy, monachism, considered purely in themselves..
Since that time monachism has been a power among the people and not without its influence on the course of events.
He had thoroughly convinced himself of the abuses to which monachism lent itself.
To his mind the convent is not far removed from the church, and as a layman he is not at all inclined to accept the principles of monachism as applying to himself or to square his views of history in accordance with them.