Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 68
Canon 24 of the Council of Elvira forbids the ordination of those who were baptised abroad. Collection of canons associated with the Council of Elvira (Iberian Peninsula), ca AD 300/600.
Canon 24
De his qui in peregre baptizantur, ut ad clerum non ueniant.
Omnes qui in peregre fuerint baptizati, eo quod eorum minime sit cognita uita, placuit ad clerum non esse promouendos in alienis prouinciis.
(eds. Martínez Díez, Rodríguez 1984: 250)
Canon 24
On those who were baptised abroad that they shall not be ordained to the clergy
No one who was baptised abroad shall be promoted to the clergy in the other provinces, because his life is not known.
(trans. M. Szada)

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Elvira

About the source:

Title: Council of Elvira, Concilium Eliberritanum
Origin: Elvira (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The exact date of the council and the nature of the Elvira canons continues to be debated. Vilella and Barred 2006, Villela 2014 argue that it is a late, heterogenous compilation created in many phases between the late 4th century and the second half of the 6th. The unitary view is defended by Sotomayor and Berdugo Villena, in Sotomayor, Fernandez Ubina eds. 2008: 89-114. The council is usually dated to the first quarter of the 4th century, see Sotomayor in Sotomayor, Fernandez Ubina eds. 2008: 137-168). For a more complete account of the recent research on the Council of Elvira see Sánchez 2008.
J. Vives, Concilios visigóticos e hispano-romanos. Barcelona, Madrid 1963.
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez, eds., La colección canónica Hispana, v. 4 Concilios Galos. Concilios Hispanos: primera parte, Madrid 1984.
M.J.L. Sánchez, "L’état actuel de la recherche sur le concile d’Elvire", Revue des sciences religieuses 82 (2008), 517-546.
M. Sotomayor and T. Berdugo Villena, "Valoración de las actas" in: M. Sotomayor, J. Fernández Ubiña, El Concilio de Elvira y su tiempo, Granada 2005, 89-114.
M. Sotomayor, "Sobre la fecha del concilio" in: M. Sotomayor, J. Fernández Ubiña, El Concilio de Elvira y su tiempo, Granada 2005, 137-168.
J. Vilella, P.-E. Barreda, Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, "¿Cánones del Concilio de Elvira o Cánones Pseudoiliberritanos?", Augustinianum 46 (2006), 285-373.
J. Vilella, "The Pseudo-Iliberritan Canon Texts", Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum / Journal of Ancient Christianity 18 (2014), 210-259.


Impediments or requisits for the office - Improper/Immoral behaviour
    Impediments or requisits for the office - Heresy/Schism
      Ritual activity - Baptism and instructing catechumens
        Public law - Ecclesiastical
          Impediments or requisits for the office
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