Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 525
Canon 3 of the so-called Second Council of Arles (Gaul, AD 442-506) decrees that clerics of an equal or higher grade than that of a deacon should not live with or accept a service from a woman, if she is not a member of their family.
Canon 3
Si quis clericus a gradu diaconatus in solacio suo mulierem praeter auiam, (matrem), sororem, filiam, neptem uel conuersam secum uxorem habere praesumpserit, a communione alienus habeatur. Par quoque et mulierem, si se separare noluerit, poena percellat.
(ed. Munier 1963: 114)
Canon 3
If a cleric, being of an equal or higher grade than that of a deacon, would dare to have by him a woman as a help, if it is not his grandmother, mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, or his wife which took the vow of chastity, he should be barred from communion. An equal punishment should be imposed on a woman, if she would be unwilling to separate.
(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 - Permanent relationship continued after ordination
    Relation with - Wife
      Relation with - Father/Mother
        Relation with - Brother/Sister
          Relation with - Children
            Relation with - Other relative
              Relation with - Woman
                Administration of justice - Excommunication/Anathema
                  Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER525,