The Translation of Bishops and Other Clergy

Hamilton Hess

in The Early Development of Canon Law and the Council of Serdica

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780198269755
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601163 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

 The Translation of Bishops and Other Clergy

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Canons 1 (Greek I) and 2 (Greek II) prohibit the translation of bishops from one church to another, and canons 18 and 19 (Greek XV) forbid bishops to recruit or to ordain clergy belonging to another church without their own bishop's permission. Canon 3a (Greek IIIa) prohibits any bishop from entering another province unless he is invited to do so by a brother bishop, and canon 3b (Greek IIIb) forbids bishops from other provinces to be called in to arbitrate disputes between bishops. In order to prevent ambitious meddling in other churches that might lead to usurpation by visiting bishops, canon 14 (Greek XI) limits to three weeks, episcopal visits to cities where other bishops are established, and the same limit is imposed by canon 15 (Greek) XII) upon bishops who need to go to other cities where they have properties or other business matters to manage. Because of the problem of presbyters and deacons visiting the city of Thessalonica with the desire of remaining there, canon 20 (Greek XVI) imposes the same three‐week limitation upon them as for bishops visiting foreign churches. Canon 16 (Greek XIII) forbids bishops to receive into communion clergy who have been cast out by their own bishops. Canon 21 (Greek XVII) allows bishops and other clergy persecuted for their faith to remain in cities where they have taken refuge until their cases have been resolved.

Keywords: bishop; business matters; clergy; deacons; presbyters; province; refuge; translation of bishops; usurpation of churches

Chapter.  7534 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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