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in the Roman Catholic Church, the body of law based on the legislation of the councils (both ecumenical and local) and the popes, as well as the bishops (for diocesan matters).
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decrees of the Roman pope, drawn up in the form of messages. The first decretals date from the late fourth century. In the middle of the 12th century the decretals were systematized and collected in the Decretum Gratiani, which was the foundation for the 16th-century code of canon law, Corpus Iuris Canonici. Collections of the subsequent decretals were published in the 13th and 14th centuries. The Roman popes sought, with the aid of the decretals in particular, to legally substantiate their claims for supremacy in the church and in society. In the fifth century, false decretals began to appear. These were also used by the papacy to consolidate power for the struggle with secular states (for example, the Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals).

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La actividad interpretativa de los canonistas, primero con los comentarios al Decreto y, despues, a las cada vez mas numerosas decretales papales, dio lugar al momento mas fructifero de la canonistica, conocido como epoca clasica del derecho canonico (1140-1348) (63).
Kofman cannily develops the theme of Narcissus and Echo: The film literally enacts the structure of Narcissus/Derrida as filmed, seen, Echoed, by the "other," the filmmaker who in turn repeats the words of the other on the voice-over: the Holy Decretals. "Cursed by the jealous gods, Echo can't speak in her own voice and is doomed to repeat the words of others." The plight--or love--of Narcissus and Echo resonates beautifully with Derrida's discourse that the "I" is always already divided, seen, spoken bythe other: "There is not narcissism and non-narcissism.
The unusually haughty ring so typical of John's collected decretals is amply recognizable in the following pertinent excerpt:
See also Daniel Callam, c.s.b., "Clerical continence in the fourth century: three papal decretals," Theological Studies, Vol.
The evidence which he adduces, largely from sermons and papal decretals, is impressive, and there can be no question of Augustine's significance as the Latin theologian who, to a very great degree, explained and, in some measure, inspired the change in Western religious thought in this field.
Until the nineteenth century all Roman pronouncements were classed as "bulls and constitutions, decretals and briefs".
Finally there was Raymond of Penyafort, who compiled the Decretals of canon law of Hugolino-Gregory IX (pope from 1227-41), helping Dominicans deal with both Gregory's work and Gratian's Decretals, both important to their ministry.
18), while Alixe Bovey in her essay on the Smithfield Decretals argues that manuscript illustrations deepened lay readers' understanding of the Eucharist.
--, The Dating of Alexander the Third's Marriage Decretals: Dauvillier Revisited after Fifty Years, ZRG Kan.
If the Code of Canon Law, in distinction from the Decretals of Gratian, does not explicitly address the issue of heretical Popes, one cannot take this silence to mean the rejection either of the possibility of a heretical Pope or of the possibility that a judgment statement could be made.
(38) Carolingian ecclesiastics, who were influenced by Roman rites, grew to associate baptism with Easter and Pentecost (rather than Epiphany, which was the preferred season in the older Gallican and Celtic uses), as, in the words of Peter Cramer, "baptism drew to itself the collective experience of the pascha, or of crossing-over" (39) Changes associated with the Carolingian reform placed limits on "open-season" baptisms, by requiring presbyters and bishops to administer baptisms only during the Paschal and Pentecostal vigils; the Dionysio-Hadriana collection of decretals and canons (sixth century), given to Charlemagne by Hadrian I, restricted initiation to the traditional Roman seasons, and the Frankish Church accepted these restrictions at the Council of Aixla-Chapelle in 802.