At Council of Agde Clergy Banned From Selling Church Property

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In Agatha or Agde in Languedoc, Gaul, 35 bishops under the authority of the Visigoths meet for the the Council of Agde. The conclusions of this council reveal much about the political and moral conditions of the Christian Church during the period of transition from the old Roman social order to medieval society under the Germanic tribal system.

One important conclusion that comes out of the Council of Agde is a ban on clergy selling other otherwise taking from the church property with which they earn their living. This suggests an early form of the medieval system of benefices.

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