Tortosa, Council of (Concilium Dertusense)

Tortosa, Council Of (Concilium Dertusense).

This council was held in Tortosa, a cathedral city of Catalonia, Spain, in 1429, by Peter, cardinal de Foix. All the prelates and many ecclesiastics of the kingdoms of Aragon and Valencia, and of the principality of Catalonia, attended. The king's letters, patent confirming the liberties and immunities of the Church were read, and at the end of the fourth session twenty canons were approved and published.

4. Orders that all beneficed clerks and ecclesiastics in holy orders shall keep breviaries, in order that they may say the office privately when hindered from attending in the choir.

5. Forbids the elevation of unworthy persons to holy orders.

6. Orders curates every Sunday to teach by catechizing some part of the things necessary to he known by Christians in order to salvation, which it declares to be as follows:

(1.) What they ought to believe, contained in the articles of the faith. (2.) What they ought to pray for, contained in the Lord's Prayer. (3.) What they ought to keep, contained in the ten commandments. (4.) What they ought to avoid, viz. the seven mortal sins. (5.) What they ought to desire, viz. the joys of Paradise. (6.) What they ought to fear, viz. the plain of hell.

9. Orders neophytes to bring their children to church within eight days after their birth, in order that they may receive baptism is:

15. Forbids the delegates of the holy-see to go beyond their commission. See Mansi, Concil. 12:406; Landon, Manual of Councils, s.v.

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