Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 939
Canon 27 of the Council of Agde (Gaul, AD 506) decrees that monks can be ordained clerics only with the approval of their abbots.
[Titulum secundum cod. A] XXVIII [sic!]. De fundatione monasterii et monachis uagis.
[Titulum secundum cod. R] XXVII. Monasterium facire nouum nisi epō permittente nullus praesumat et sine testimonii abbatum monachum non promouendum nec extra uoluntatem abbatis de monasterium ad monasterium alterum migrit.
[Titulum secundum coll. Hispanam] XXVII. Vt monasterium inconsulto episcopo nullus construat: et de monachis.
[...] Monachi etiam uagantes ad officium clericatus, nisi eis testimonium abbas suus dederit, nec in ciuitatibus nec in parrociis ordinentur. [...] Si necesse fuerit clericum de monachis ordinari, cum consensu et uoluntate abbatis praesumat episcopus.
(ed. Munier 1963: 205, 221, 222, 224)
[Title according to cod. A] XXVIII [sic!]. On the foundation of a monastery and vagabond monks.
[Title according to cod. R] XXVII. No one should dare to found a new monastery without the bishop's permission. No monk should be ordained without the approval of his abbot and [no monk] should move from one monastery to another without the consent of his abbot.
[Title according to the Hispana collection] XXVII. That no one should erect a monastery, unless he had consulted about it with the bishop, and on the monks.
[...] Vagabond monks should not be ordained for the clerical office either in cities or in parishes, unless an abbot has given them approval. [...] If it is necessary to ordain a cleric one of the monks, bishop should dare [to do so] only with agreement and consent of the abbot.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


It seems that canon 11 of the Council of Tarragona (Iberian Peninsula, AD 516, [149]) refers to this decree.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Agde

About the source:

Title: Council of Agde, Concilium Agathense anno 506
Origin: Agde (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The Council of Agde was held in September of 506 under the auspices of Cesarius, bishop of Arles, and with the permission of the Visigothic King Alaric. The first 47 canons are considered genuine, since only those are present in the oldest codices. The rest, present in some manuscripts, must have been taken from the other council acts, especially those of the Council of Epaone in 517. This council was attended by 24 bishops, and 8 presbyters and 2 deacons, who represented their bishops. More on the council, see Klingshirn 1994, 97-104.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Galliae a. 314-a. 506, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148, Turnhoult 1963.
W.E. Klingshirn, Caesarius of Arles: the making of a Christian community in late antique Gaul, Cambridge 1994.


Described by a title - Clericus
    Impediments or requisits for the office - Monastic rule
      Public law - Ecclesiastical
        Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
          Relation with - Monk/Nun
            Monastic or common life
              Reasons for ordination - Monastic superior`s orders
                Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER939,