Barcelona, Councils of

Barcelona, Councils Of (Concilium Barcelonense). Of these several are mentioned, chiefly of a provincial character. The following are of some importance:

I. Held A.D. 540 by Sergius the metropolitan and six suffragans; passed ten canons upon discipline.

II. Held Nov. 1, 599, in the Church of the Holy Cross, at which twelve bishops of the province of Tarragona were present, Asiaticus of Tarragona presiding. They drew up four canons, of which the first two relate to the crime of simony; the third forbids the elevation of a lay person to a bishopric, the king's mandate notwithstanding; the fourth, condemns the marriage of virgins consecrated to the service of God, and of penitents of either sex. See Mansi, Concil. v, 1605.

III. Held in 1068 by the legate-cardinal Hugo the White. Raymond, count of the principality, being inclined to do away with the use of the Gothic office, the abbots present, from the whole of his dominions, unanimously agreed. to exchange it for the Roman rite. They further decreed that the clergy in future should live in entire continence, and not be married, as had hitherto been permitted.

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