"Private worship or any activity associated with pagan rites were criminalized. Local authorities had the right to search private homes for pagan objects, and punishment for violators could result in confiscation of their homes. Pagan gods officially became demons and pagans were called minions of Satan. Despite these harsh laws, some pagan rituals were adopted by Christians. This practice was deemed acceptable by [St.] Jerome when done for a Christian purpose. [Engh, 91; Freeman, 2009, 124; Valantasis, 272]"
Freeman, 2009, 124