Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 547
Canon 13 of the so-called Second Council of Arles (Gaul, AD 442-506) forbids presbyters to leave their dioceses and be ordained bishops without the consent of their own bishops.
Canon 13
Nullus cuiuscumque ordinis clericus, non diaconus, non presbyter, non episcopus, quacumque occasione faciente, propriam relinquat ecclesiam, sed omnimodis aut excommunicetur aut redire cogatur. Quod si aliquo commorationis tempore, inuito episcopo suo, in aliena ecclesia habitans, ab episcopo loci clericus ordinatus, huiusmodi ordinatio irrita habeatur.
(ed. Munier 1963: 116)
Canon 13
No cleric of whatever grade, no deacon, no presbyter, no bishop, no matter on what occasion, should leave his own church, but [if he does it] should be in all cases either excommunicated or forced to return. And if during a stay in some other diocese, against the will of his bishop, living in another church, he would be ordained by the bishop of the place, this ordination will be considered invalid.
(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.


Travel and change of residence
    Ecclesiastical transfer
      Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
        Impediments or requisits for the office
          Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER547,