Traditores is a Latin term meaning the one(s) who had handed over. They where perhaps a special group among what the Roman Church also called the Lapsi (Latin, labi, lapsus). During the Diocleatian persecution Christians were called upon to give up their sacred texts. The traditores were Christians (mostly clerics) who, in obedience to the edict, gave up the sacred books to the authorities. The term traditores was given both to those who actually gave up the sacred books, and to those who merely delivered secular works in their stead. The problem for the Church was how to reinstate those who had been traitors to the faith during the time of persecution. 7/9/14 7/9/14