Canon 2. Illud
aetiam a quibusdam suggestum est, ut contra apostolicam disciplinam incognito
usque in hoc tempus in ministerium feminae nescio quo loco levviticum videantur
adsumptae; quod quidem, quia indecens est, non admittit ecclesiastica
disciplina; et contra rationem facta talis ordinatio distruatur: providendum,
ne quis sibi hoc ultra praesumat .
has also been suggested by some persons that, contrary to the apostolic church
order, - unheard of until this time! - women have been
admitted to the levitical [= diaconal] ministry I don't know in
what place. This, however, is something church order does not allow because it
is indecent. And since such an ordination has been performed against reason, it
should be undone. Moreover, steps should be taken to ensure no one else will
anymore presume to do such a thing.
Comment: Some commentators
have argued that 'levitical' here means 'priestly' ministry. This seems
(1) People at the time were well aware of the
Old Testament distinction between the ministry of priests, descendants of Aaron
and Zadoc, and that of Levites. (2) The Church context in Gaul wtinesses a
reaction against the introduction of women deacons not women priests.
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