Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 628
According to Canon 3 of the Breviary of Ferrandus of Carthage (North Africa, AD 523/546, repeating earlier norms) those who entered the secular service after being baptised are barred from ordination.
Canon 3
Vt qui post baptismum saeculari militiae nomen dederit ab ordinatione arceatur.
Concilio Zelensi.
(ed. Munier 1974: 287)
Canon 3
If someone gave his name to the secular service (militia) after being baptised, he cannot be ordained.
Council of Zela (Thelensis).
(trans. S. Adamiak)


Ferrandus repeats the norm of Canon 3 of the "Concilium Zelense", which took place in an unknown place in North Africa in AD 418 and accepted the norms set by Pope Siricius at the Roman Council in AD 386 [271].
The prohibition refers probably mainly to those who joined the army after being baptised.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Rome
  • Carthage
  • Thelensis Civitas
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Ferrandus of Carthage
Title: Breviary of Ferrandus, Breviatio Canonum
Origin: Carthage (Latin North Africa), Thelensis Civitas (Latin North Africa)Rome (Rome),
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Ferrandus was a deacon of Carthage; he died before 546. His "Breviary" is the first systematic collection of canons produced in Africa. It contains the titles (not the entire text) of 232 canons of different councils (not only from Africa), treating mainly the duties of various clerical offices (1-144), ecclesiastical delicts (145-198), and liturgical norms (199-232).
C. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974, 284-311.  
J. Gaudemet, Les Sources du droit de l’Église en Occident du IIe au VIIe siècle, Paris 1985.


Social origin or status - Soldiers
    Impediments or requisits for the office - Profession/Career
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