Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 127
The Council of Carthage (North Africa, AD 345/348) forbids ordaining those who administer the goods of others before they render account of their actions.
Canon 8
Vt implicati negotiis alienis, nisi antea reddita ratione clerici non ordinentur.
Magnus episcopus Astuagensis dixit: quid dilectioni uestrae uidetur, procuratores et actores, tutores etiam seu curatores pupillorum, si debeant ordinari?
Gratus episcopus dixit: si post deposita uniuersa et reddita ratiocinia, actus uitae ipsorum fuerint comprobati in omnibus, debent et cum laude cleri, si postulati fuerint, honore munerari.
Si enim ante libertatem negotiorum uel officiorum ab aliquo sine consideratione fuerit ordinatus, ecclesia infamatur.
Vniuersi dixerunt: recte omnia statuit sanctitas tua, ideo quae tua est nostra est quoque sententia.
(ed. Munier 1974: 7)
Canon 8
Those who run the affairs of others should not be ordained as clerics before they account for it.
Magnus, bishop of Abthugni [?] said: what does Your Charity think, whether procurators, managers of estates, tutors or curators of minors, should be ordained?
Bishop Gratus said: if they leave all those affairs and account for them, and their lives are proven to be worthy in all aspects, and if they are asked to do it and the clergy approve, they should be given this office.
Because if someone is hastily ordained before being liberated of affairs and duties, the church is brought into disrepute.
All said: Your sanctity said it rightly, and therefore your decision is also ours.
(trans. S. Adamiak)

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Carthage

About the source:

Title: Council of Carthage 345/348, Concilium Carthaginense sub Grato a. 345/348, Concilium Carthaginis Africae primum
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The council of Catholic bishops gathered between 345 and 348 (most probably towards the latter date), mainly in order to resist the Donatists.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974.


Described by a title - Clericus
    Impediments or requisits for the office - Social/Economic/Legal status
      Public functions and offices before ordination
        Public law - Ecclesiastical
          Impediments or requisits for the office - Profession/Career
            Public functions and offices after ordination - Administering secular property
              Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER127,