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The Council of Neocaesarea - A.D. 315

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The Council of Neocaesarea - a.d. 315 (circa).

(Hefele thinks somewhat later, but before 325.)


Historical Note.

The Canons with the Ancient Epitome and Notes.

Historical Note.

(Zonaras and Balsamon prefix to the canons this note.)

The Synod gathered together at Neocaesarea, which is a city of Pontus, is next in order after that of Ancyra, and earlier in date than the rest, even than the First Ecumenical Synod at Nice. In this synod the Holy Fathers gathered together, among whom was the holy Martyr Basil, bishop of Amasea, adopted canons for the establishing of ecclesiastical order as follow--

The Canons of the Holy and Blessed Fathers Who Assembled at Neocaesarea, Which are Indeed Later in Date Than Those Made at Ancyra, But More Ancient Than the Nicene: However, the Synod of Nice Has Been Placed Before Them on Account of Its Peculiar Dignity. [122]

(Annotations by Routh, and reprint of the Notes of Christopher Justellus and of Bp. Beveridge will be found in Vol. iv. of the Reliquiae Sacrae.)

Canon I.

If a presbyter marry, let him be removed from his order; but if he commit fornication or adultery, let him be altogether cast out [i.e. of communion] and put to penance.

[122] This is the title in the Paris edition of Zonaras.

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