Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 630
According to Canon 16 of the Breviary of Ferrandus (North Africa, AD 523/546, repeating earlier norms) the bishops, presbyters and deacons should abstain from their wives.
Canon 16
Vt episcopi et presbyteri et diaconi ab uxoribus abstineant.
Concilio Carthaginensi, tit. 1. Concilo Zelensi.
(ed. Munier 1974: 288)
Canon 16
Bishops, presbyters and deacons should abstain from [their] wives.
Council of Carthage, title 1. Council of Zela (Thelensis).
(trans. S. Adamiak)


Ferrandus says that he repeats the norm after a Council of Carthage and the "concilium Zelensis". The former remains unidentified. Such a norm was given at the Council of Carthage in 390 AD [132], repeated at the Council of Carthage in 401 AD [309], and in the Apiarian Canons [227] and [259].
 he "concilium Zelensis", or rather  "Thelense", gathered in an unknown place in North Africa in 418 AD and repeated the norms given by Pope Siricius at the Roman Council in 386 AD [276].

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.


Family life - Marriage
    Family life - Permanent relationship continued after ordination
      Sexual life - Sexual abstinence
        Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
          Relation with - Wife
            Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER630,