Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 548
Canon 14 of the so-called Second Council of Arles (Gaul, AD 442/506) forbids presbyters from practising usury, renting things for profit, and becoming involved in any kind of business out of greed.
Canon 14
Si quis clericus pecuniam dederit ad usuram aut conductor alienae rei uoluerit esse, aut turpis lucri gratia genus aliquod negotiationis exercuerit, depositus a clero a communione alienus fiat.
(ed. Munier 1963: 117)
Canon 14
If a cleric would give money at interest or would like to be a renter of someone else's property (conductor alienae rei), or in hope of indecent profit would become involved in some kind of business he should, after being expelled from clergy, be barred from communion.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


Negotio in this context should be principally understood as trade activity.

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.


Economic status and activity - Buying & selling
    Economic status and activity - Loans
      Administration of justice - Excommunication/Anathema
        Administration of justice - Demotion
            Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER548,