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decretal

RC Church a papal edict on doctrine or church law
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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.
The first contains the following: the bibliography of all the works and studies quoted and consulted (VII-XVII); the introduction (XXI-XLV) by the principal editor Enzo Cecchini, containing a biography of Uguccione (doubts still linger as to whether we have one or two persons called Uguccione: one the decretalist, the other the lexicographer); comments on the Derivationes; and the explanation of the criteria employed in this edition, which is based primarily on its three major codices: "Si tratta del Laurenziano XXVII 5, del Londinese, Brit.
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.
In the time of the decretalists, the ratio was understood as final cause of each norm, and was always invoked for the interpretation of the law.