Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 154
Canon 7 of the Council of Gerona (Iberian Peninsula, AD 517) forbids unmarried clerics to live with non-related women.
Canon 7
Vt qui sine uxoribus ordinantur, extraneas in domo non habeant.
De his uero qui sine coniugibus ordinantur et familias domus habent, habito secum pro vita conuersatione fratre in testimonium, non per quamcumque feminei sexus personam eius susbtantia gubernetur, nisi aut per puerum aut per amicum suam domum debet ordinare. Si uero matrem in domum habuerit aut sororem, secundum priorem canonum statuta per earum personas eius debet contutari substantia.
(eds. Martinez Diez, Rodriguez 1984: 288)
Canon 7
That the unmarried clerics shall not have extraneous women in their houses
On those who are ordained without wives, but have house servants and live with a brother who is a witness of his way of life: their property shall not be managed by any person of feminine sex, but a cleric shall appoint a servant or a friend to manage it. If, however, he has a mother or a sister in his house, his property shall be managed by those persons according to the previous canons.
(trans. M. Szada)


The canon refers most probably to Canon 3 of the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 and Canon 10 of the Council of Agde in AD 506 [915].

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Gerona

About the source:

Title: Council of Gerona, Concilium Gerundense
Origin: Gerona (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Council of Gerona was a meeting of the provincial Church in June 517 presided over by John, archbishop of Tarragona. It followed the Council of Tarragona in 516. It was an attempt to establish regular provincial councils (Freedman 2013). Both councils are dated by the regnal years of Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, who acted as a guardian of Amalaric, king of the Visigoths, half-brother of the expelled King Gesalic (Collins 2004: 41).
G. Martínez Díez, F. Rodríguez, eds., La colección canónica Hispana, v. 4 Concilios Galos. Concilios Hispanos: primera parte, Madrid 1984.
J. Vives, Concilios visigóticos e hispano-romanos, Barcelona-Madrid 1963.
R. Collins, Visigothic Spain, 409-711, Oxford, OX, UK; Malden, MA, USA 2004.
P. Freedman, "Gerona, Council of," [in:] Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia, ed. E.M. Gerli, Hoboken 2013, 360.


Food/Clothes/Housing - Type of housing
    Economic status and activity - Indication of wealth
      Economic status and activity - Slave ownership
          Relation with - Father/Mother
            Relation with - Brother/Sister
              Relation with - Slave/Servant
                Relation with - Woman
                  Family life
                    Private law - Ecclesiastical
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