Council of Compiègne, AD 757


Quote from the Council of Compiègne:

“If any man has a legal wife, and his brother has committed adultery with her, that brother and that woman who committed adultery may never marry one another while living. That man who was her spouse, if he wishes, has the power to marry another.

Quote from the Catholic encyclopedia:

“Whilst the popes constantly rejected absolute divorce in all cases, we find some of the Frankish synods of the eighth century which allowed it in certain acute cases. In this regard the Council of Verberie (752) and Compiègne (757) erred especially

How can a council err? Wouldn’t that undermine our faith?

Are only the Ecumenical Councils free from error?


Yes, only ecumenical councils are free from error in matters of faith and morals. Individual bishops and local synods are in theory subject to be wrong from time to time. Local synods certainly are not binding on the whole church on there own. Hope that helps.


Yes it does help. Thanks.


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