Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 455
Canon 44 of the Fourth Council of Toledo (Iberian Peninsula, AD 633) forbids clerics to marry without their bishops` consent and forbids them to marry widows, divorcees, or prostitutes.
[Titulus in recensione Iuliana] XLIIII De clericos qui sine consultu episcopi sui uxorem duxerint.
[Titulus in recensione Vulgata] XLIIII De personis mulierum quas non conuenit clericis copulari, et si nesciente episcopo clericus ducat uxorem.
Canon 44
Clerici qui sine consultu episcopi sui uxores duxerint, aut uiduam uel repudiatam uel meretricem in coniugio acceperint, separari eos a proprio episcopo oportebit.  
(eds. Martinez Diez, Rodriguez 1992: 167, 174, 228)
[Title in the recension Iuliana] XLIIII On clerics who marry without their bishops' consent
[Title in the recension Vulgata] XLIIII On the types of women with whom clerics shall not couple and on the clerics who marry without their bishops' consent
Canon 44
Clerics who marry without their bishop's consent or marry a widow, divorcee, or prostitute, must be separated [from the communion] by their own bishop.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Toledo

About the source:

Title: Fourth Council of Toledo (633), IV Council of Toledo, IV Concilium Toletanum, IIII Concilium Toletanum, Concilium Toletanum quartum a. 633
Origin: Toledo (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Fourth Council of Toledo was a council of the whole Visigothic church (86 bishops were present) gathered by King Sisenand (631-636)  in 633 and held under the presidency of Isidore of Seville. It is sometimes claimed on stylistic grounds that Isidore was an author of the decrees (Collins 2004: 79).
The acts of the Fourth Council of Toledo are transmitted in the 7th-century canonical collection from Spain, the so-called Hispana. Its authorship has been attributed to the Isidore of Seville (it is still accepted by Martinez Diez 1966; other scholars reject this attribution: Munier 1966; Gaudemet 1967: 122-124; Schaferdiek 1967: 144-148; Landau 1968: 406-418). This collection has several recensions: a primitive one, the so-called Isidoriana, lost today; the Juliana recension edited after 681 and attributed to the Julian of Toledo, that adds to the previous recension the acts and canons of the councils from the Fifth Council of Toledo do the Twelfth (in 681); the Vulgata recension edited between 694 and 702 that adds the acts and canons of the councils from the the Thirteenth Council of Toledo up to the Seventeenth held in 694, this recension was the most widespread during the Middle Ages (more bibliography see Kéry 1999: 61-67). The two recensions Iuliana and Vulgata give different titles to the canons of the Fourth Council of Toledo (Martinez Diez 1992: 17-20).
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez eds., La colección canónica Hispana, Monumenta Hispaniae sacra. Serie canónica 5, Madrid 1992.
R. Collins, Visigothic Spain, 409-711, Oxford, OX, UK; Malden, MA, USA 2004.
J. Gaudemet, review of: 'G. Martinez Diez, La coleccion canonica Hispana 1', Revue historique de droit français et étranger 4e ser.  45 (1967), 122-124.
L. Kéry, Canonical collections of the early Middle Ages (ca. 400-1140): a bibliographical guide to the manuscripts and literature, Washington, D.C 1999.
P. Landau, review of: 'G. Martinez Diez, La coleccion canonica Hispana 1', Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte Kanonistische Abteilung 54 (1968), 406-414.
G. Martínez Díez, La Colección canónica Hispana, vol. 1 Estudio, Madrid 1966.
C. Munier, 'Saint Isidore de Séville est-il l’auteur de I’Hispana chronologique?', Sacris Erudiri 17 (1966), 230-241.
K. Schaferdiek, review of: 'G. Martinez Diez, La coleccion canonica Hispana 1', Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 78 (1967), 144-148.
M. Sotomayor, 'Las relaciones iglesia urbana-iglesia rural en los concilios hispano-romanos y visigodos', Sacralidad y Arqueologia, Antig. Crist. (Murcia) 21 (2004), 525-539.


Family life - Marriage
    Family life - Permanent relationship after ordination
      Described by a title - Clericus
        Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
          Relation with - Wife
            Relation with - Woman
              Administration of justice - Ecclesiastical
                Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER455,