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The Third Synod of Macon

The Second Synod of Macon

585

Canon 4. Every Sunday the faithful, men and women, must offer bread and wine at the altar.

Incident related by Gregory of Tours:

"There came forward at this Council a certain bishop who maintained that woman could not be included under the term “man." However, he accepted the reasoning of the other bishops and did not press his case, for the holy book of the Old Testament tells us that in the beginning, when God created man, “Male and female he created them and called their name Adam,” which means earthly man; even so, he called the woman Eve, yet of both he used the word “man.”

Comment: Perhaps it is an echo of the assertions of Pseudo-Augustine and of Ambrosiaster that a woman is not “an image of God.”


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