Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 640
The Council of Hippo (North Africa, AD 427) prohibits bishops and presbyters to move ecclesiastical property to other places.
Canon 5
Item placuit ut episcopi siue presbyteri, ea quae sunt in locis ubi ordinantur si ad alia loca dederint, causas praesentent, uel episcopi suis conciliis, uel clerici episcopis suis; et si nullas iustas habuerint causas, sic in eos uindicetur tamquam in furto fuerint deprehensi.
(ed. Munier 1974: 251)
Canon 5
It pleased us that if bishops or presbyters took to other places things from the place where they had been ordained, a case shall be brought, against the bishops before their councils, and against the clerics before their bishops. If they are not able to present just causes for what they did, they will be punished as if caught in theft.
(trans. S. Adamiak)


The canon is repeated in the Breviary of Ferrandus [641].

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Hippo Regius

About the source:

Title: Council of Hippo 427, Concilium Hipponense a. 427
Origin: Hippo Regius (Latin North Africa)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The last of the councils, at which Augustine of Hippo and Aurelius of Carthage were present. It issued some disciplinary canons, mainly repeating previous dispositions.
C. Munier ed., Concilia Africae a. 345-a. 525, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 149, Turnhoult 1974, 250-253.
J. Gaudemet, Les Sources du droit de l’Église en Occident du IIe au VIIe siècle, Paris 1985.


Ecclesiastical administration - Administering Church property
    Administration of justice - Administration of justice
      Equal prerogatives of presbyters and bishops
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