decretals

decretals
/dakriytalz/
In ecclesiastical law, letters of the pope, written at the suit or instance of one or more persons, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law, and possessing the force of law, within the Roman Catholic Church. The decretals form the second part of the body of canon law. This is also the title of the second of the two great divisions of the canon law, the first being called the "Decree" (decretum)

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  • decretals — /dakriytalz/ In ecclesiastical law, letters of the pope, written at the suit or instance of one or more persons, determining some point or question in ecclesiastical law, and possessing the force of law, within the Roman Catholic Church. The… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Decretals, Papal — • In the wide sense the term decretalis signifies a pontifical letter containing a decretum, or pontifical decision. In a narrower sense it denotes a decision on a matter of discipline. In the strictest sense of the word, it means a rescript, an… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Decretals of Gregory IX — The decretals of Gregory IX are an important source of medieval canon law. In 1230, the pontiff ordered his chaplain and confessor, St. Raymond of Peñaforte (Pennafort), a Dominican, to form a new canonical collection destined to replace all… …   Wikipedia

  • decretals — adj. of a decree, of a declaration, of a verdict n. papal decree relating to a point of view of church law …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decretals — Canonical opinions of the popes …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • DECRETALS, THE —    a collection of laws added to the canon law of the Church of Rome, being judicial replies of the Popes to cases submitted to them from time to time for adjudication …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • False Decretals — • A name given to certain apocryphal papal letters contained in a collection of canon laws composed about the middle of the ninth century by an author who uses the pseudonym of Isidore Mercator, in the opening preface to the collection Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Papal Decretals —     Papal Decretals     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Papal Decretals     I. DEFINITION AND EARLY HISTORY     (1) In the wide sense of the term decretalis (i.e. epistola decretalis) signifies a pontifical letter containing a decretum, or pontifical… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • False Decretals — the Pseudo Isidorian documents. * * * Collection of church law from the 9th century, containing some forged documents. They are also called the Decretals of Pseudo Isidore because they were issued under the name St. Isidore of Sevilla. The… …   Universalium

  • ISODORIAN DECRETALS —    a body of ecclesiastical decretals imposed upon the Church under the name of ISODORE OF SEVILLE (q.v. ISIDORE, ST., BISHOP OF SEVILLE) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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