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ELVIRA, COUNCIL OF

National Council of Spain, held about A.D. 306 after a period of persecution. Among the eighty-one canons it passed are severe disciplinary penalties for apostasy and adultery. Celibacy of the clergy was legislated under pain of deposition (canon 33).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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