Canon 10 of the collection known as Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua (compiled in Gaul, ca AD 475) decrees that a bishop should seek the counsel of his copresbyters before ordaining a cleric.
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10 (XXII). Sine concilio presbiterorum et testimonio ciuit clericus non ordinetur.
Vt episcopus absque consilio compresbyterorum suorum clericos non ordinet, ita ut ciuium conniuentiam et testimonium quaerat.
(ed. Munier 1963: 168, 186)
10 (XXII). A cleric should not be ordained without the counsel of the presbyters and the testimony of citizens.
That a bishop should not ordain a cleric without the counsel of his copresbyters in order to inquire about the opinion and testimony of his fellow citizens.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)
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Title: The Ancient Statutes of the Church, Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua Origin: Marseille (Gaul) Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
This corpus of canons was published by earlier editors (Labbe-Cossart, Hardouin, Mansi) as the acts of the supposed IV Council of Carthage (AD 398). It is, however, of a clearly Gallic, and not African, character; some scholars attributed it to Caesarius of Arles. It seems that these canons originated from multiple synods, above all Gallic ones. Since canons of the council of Vaison (AD 442) are quoted and the canons of the council of Agde (AD 506) are not, the original compilation known now as Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua must have been prepared at some time in the period flanked by these two synods. Munier suggested that the text was compiled by Gennadius of Marseille, in ca 475 (Munier 1960). The version of the text from the Collectio Hispana was the one most widely used in the Middle Ages.
The titles of the canons are taken from the Codex Parisiensis Lat. 3846, fol. 136. Numbers in brackets in Latin numerals indicate the position of the canon in the Collectio Hispana.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Galliae a. 314-a. 506, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148, Turnhoult 1963.
Ch. Munier, Les Statuta ecclesiae antiqua, Paris 1960.
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ritual activity - Ordaining
Ecclesiastical administration - Election of Church authorities
Public law - Ecclesiastical
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Equal prerogatives of presbyters and bishops
Described by a title - Conpresbyter
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