Synod of Mâcon
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The second council was held in 581 or 582. Unusually, one of the 19 canons it produced addressed a specific individual - a nun named Agnes. The 14th canon imposed a curfew against Jews, banning them from the streets at all times between Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday. The 2nd canon prohibits Jews from talking to nuns.
Myth: Discussion about women's souls
Contrary to popular myth, the Synods of Macon undertook no discussion on the subject of whether or not women had souls, or whether or not women were human. This myth is based on a story told in The History of the Franks by St. Gregory of Tours. Gregory was bishop of Tours in the sixth century and wrote a history of the region. At one point he tells of a council -that may, or may not, have been any of the synods at Mâcon- at which the meaning of the word "man" was discussed. Gregory writes:
- "There came forward at this Council a certain bishop who maintained that woman could not be included under the term “man." However, he accepted the reasoning of the other bishops and did not press his case, for the holy book of the Old Testament tells us that in the beginning, when God created man, “Male and female he created them and called their name Adam,” which means earthly man; even so, he called the woman Eve, yet of both he used the word “man.”"