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decretal

RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
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Unlike the medieval decretists, however, he did not think one was more important than the other.
TIERNEY, Pope and Council: Some New Decretists Texts, Medieval Studies 19 (1957) 197-218 (216); ora in IDEM, Church law and Constitutional Thought in the Middle Ages (Collected Studies Series, 90), Variorum, 1979, n.
1) The conception of just war here was substantially defined by the canonist Gratian in his Decretum and the work of his two generations of successors, the Decretists and the Decretalists, and summarized and placed in a theological framework by Thomas Aquinas.
The later Decretists, Decretalists, and theologians, including Aquinas, all drew on Gratian's text to develop their just war ideas.
39) The decretists and decretalists followed suit and allowed this sort of self defense to all people under natural law and the law of nations (ius gentium), thereby accepting the principle of Roman civil law that violence could be repelled by violence.