Synod of Worcester

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The Synod of Worcester was conducted by the Bishop of Worcester, England, Walter de Cantilupe on 26 July 1240. The diocesan synod[1] was held in his cathedral. A number of statutes were settled regarding godparents, the life of the clergy and lay people. Among these were that godparents must be three in number and that games of religious mockery were prohibited. Also forbidden to clergy was the playing of chess.[2]

These reformations were in keeping with the guidance of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215.


  1. ^ JSTOR; Joseph Goering and Daniel Taylor. JSTOR 2863657.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Wall, Bill. "Religion and Chess". Retrieved 21 May 2011.