Canons of the Second Synod of Orléans


Canons of the Third Synod of Orléans

538 AD

translation by John Wijngaards

In the following canon there may not be any question of women deacons. We print the text here all the same because of its parallel formulation to other canons in which women who have been ordained deacons are treated in the same way as women who have entered religious life.

Source: MANSI IX, 16  

Can 16. De raptoribus virginum consecratarum seu in proposito sub devotione viventium id statuimus, ut si quis consecratae vel devotae, id est religionem professae, vim inferre praesumpserint, a communione ecclesiastica usque ad exitum repellatur . . . Quod si quae rapta dicitur cum raptore habitare consenserit, et ipsa excommunicatione simili feriatur. Quae forma et de paenitentibus ac viduis in proposito manentibus sub districtione ecclesiastica conservetur.

Canon 16: “Regarding those who rape consecrated women or women who live devoutly with the intention [of consecration] we decree that whoever presumes to inflict violence on a consecrated women, or one dedicated to become one, that is who has professed religion, should be banned from ecclesiastical communion until death . . . And if the women who is said to be raped has agreed to live with the rapist, she too should be struck with a similar excommunication. This procedure should be preserved also for penitents or widows who have the intention [to take the vow] under ecclesiastical supervision.

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