Council of Elvira (c.306)

Council of Elvira – Spanish bishops attempt to regularize a code of Christian morality for both clergy & laity. cf. Womer [ed]. Morality & Ethics in Early Xnity.

  • A woman who is baptized or is a catechumen must not associate with hairdressers or men with long hair. If she does this, she is to be denied communion. [67]
  • A woman may not write to other lay Christians without her husband̓s consent; nor receive letters of friendship addressed to her only & not to her husband as well. [81]
  • decree #43: a priest who sleeps with his wife the night before Mass will lose his job.
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