THE CANONS OF THE HOLY AND ALTOGETHER AUGUST APOSTLES.
Translation from the Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. VII. For a complete electronic copy, visit the Christian Classics Ethereal Library, the New Advent Library or the down-loadable collection at Red Bay. Italics in the text by John Wijngaards.
- Clerics may not put away their wife
- Clerics not to abstain from marriage
- No second ordination is allowed
CANON V. (VI.) Clerics may not put away their wife
Let not a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, put away his wife under pretence of religion; but if he put her away, let him be excommunicated; and if he persists, let him be deposed.
CANON LI. Clerics not to abstain from marriage
If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, or any one of the sacerdotal list, abstains from marriage, or flesh, or wine, not by way of religious restraint, but as abhorring them, forgetting that God made all things very good, and that he made man male and female, and blaspheming the work of creation, let him be corrected, or else be deposed, and cast out of the Church. In like manner a layman.
CANON LXVIII. No second ordination is allowed
If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall receive from anyone a second ordination, let both the ordained and the ordainer be deposed; unless indeed it be proved that he had his ordination from heretics; for those who have been baptized or ordained by such persons cannot be either of the faithful or of the clergy.
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