Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 524
Canon 2 of the so-called Second Council of Arles (Gaul, AD 442-506) forbids ordaining married men unless they take a vow of chastity.
Canon 2
Assumi aliquem ad sacerdotium non posse in coniugii uinculo constitutum, nisi fuerit praemissa conuersio.
(ed. Munier 1963: 114)
Canon 2
It is not possible to accept into priesthood someone who remains bound by marriage, unless the vow of chastity was taken beforehand.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Arles

About the source:

Title: Second Council of Arles, Concilium Arelatense Secundum
Origin: Arles (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The so-called Second Council of Arles is in fact a collection of canons from several councils, namely the First Council of Arles in 314, the First Council of Nicea in 325, the First Council of Orange in 441, and the Council of Vaison 442. Therefore, the terminus post quem of the collection must be 442 and the terminus ante quem probably 506, the date of the Council of Agde, whose acts are not included in the collection. This collection also includes some canons of unknown origin, which are the only ones included in the database.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Galliae a. 314-a. 506, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148, Turnhoult 1963.


Family life - Marriage
    Family life - Permanent relationship continued after ordination
      Sexual life - Sexual abstinence
        Described by a title - Sacerdos/ἱερεύς
          Impediments or requisits for the office - Marriage
            Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER524,