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Nicene and Ante-Nicene Fathers, Ser. II, Vol. XIV:
The Canons of the Synods of Sardica, Carthage, Constantinople, and Carthage Under St. Cyprian, Which Canons Were Received by the Council in Trullo and Ratified by II. Nice.: Canon XXVI

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Canon XXVI.  (Greek xxix.)

That no one should take from the possessions of the Church. 428

Likewise it seemed good that no one should sell anything belonging to the Church:  that if there was no revenue, and other great necessity urged thereto, this might be brought before the Metropolitan of the province that he might deliberate with the appointed number of bishops whether this should be done:  that if such urgent necessity lay upon any church that it could not take counsel beforehand, at least let it call together the neighbouring bishops as witnesses, taking care to refer all the necessities of his church to the council:  and that if he shall not do this, he shall be held as responsible toward God, and as a seller in the eye of the council, and he shall have lost thereby his honour.


Ancient Epitome of Canon XXVI.

Church goods must not be sold.  If they bring in no revenue they may be sold at the will of the bishops.  If the necessity does not allow that consultation should take place, he who sells shall call together the neighbouring bishops.  If he does not do so he shall be held responsible to God and to the Synod.

This is Canon v. of the Synod of Carthage, Sept. 13th, 401.


“Appointed number,” i.e., Twelve, see Canon 12.



Not found in the Greek of Beveridge, but in that given by Labbe.

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