Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 189
Canon 2 of the council of Hippo (North Africa, AD 393), preserved in the `Breviarium Hipponense` (AD 397) establishes that bishops and clerics should swear allegiance to the canons before ordination.
Canon 2
Vt ordinatis episcopis uel clericis prius placita concilii conculcentur ab ordinatoribus eorum, ne se aliquid aduersus statuta concilii fecisse adserant.
(ed. Munier 1974: 33)
In some variants: 'inculcentur' instead of 'conculcentur'
Canon 2
Before their ordination, bishops and clerics should be instructed by their ordainers about the decisions of the council, so that they cannot say that they have done anything against the council decisions.
(trans. S. Adamiak)


A canon, formulated in a slightly obscure way, aims at ensuring that all the higher clergy are aware of the councils' legislation. The canon was repeated at the council of Carthage in AD 419 [244].

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Carthage
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Title: Breuiarium Hipponense
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The bishops of Byzacena arrived too early for the African plenary council at Carthage in AD 397. Since they had to leave the city before the actual beginning of the proceedings Aurelius of Carthage charged them with editing the decisions of the Council of Hippo of AD 393. The document drafted in this way and accepted on 13 August 397 was called the "Breviarium Hipponense", and it was included later in the Canons in causa Apiarii from AD 419, Registri Ecclesiae Carthaginensis Excerpta, Breviarium of Ferrandus and Statuta Ecclesiae Antiqua.
C. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974, 23-53.  


Described by a title - Clericus
    Act of ordination
      Impediments or requisits for the office
        Education - Knowledge of canons
          Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER189,