Canon law
Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members. It is the internal ecclesi...
Canon law (Anglican Communion)
The Anglican Communion as a whole, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, does not have a centralized canon law of its own. Each of the autonomous member churches of Anglicanism, however, does have a cano...
Presbyterian polity
Presbyterian (or presbyteral) polity is a method of church governance typified by the rule of assemblies of presbyters, or elders. Each local church is governed by a body of elected elders usually cal...
Canon law (Catholic Church)
The canon law of the Catholic Church is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities of the Church to regulate its external organization and government and...
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Priest–penitent privilege
Known as the clergy-penitent privilege, clergy privilege, confessional privilege, priest-penitent privilege, clergyman-communicant privilege, and ecclesiastical privilege; it is an application of the...
Illegitimacy in fiction
This is a list of fictional stories in which illegitimacy features as an important plot element. Passing mentions are omitted from this article. Many of these stories explore the social pain and excl...
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Development of the Christian biblical canon
The Christian biblical canons are the books Christians regard as divinely inspired and constituting a Christian Bible. Books included in the Christian biblical canons of both the Old and New Testament...
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Pontifical right
Di diritto pontifical is the Italian term for “of pontificial right”. It is given to the ecclesiastical institutions (the religious and secular institutes, societies of apostolic life) either created...
Ordinary (officer)
An ordinary (from Latin ordinarius) is an officer of a church or civic authority who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute laws.Such officers are found in hierarchically organised churches...
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First Council of Nicaea
The First Council of Nicaea (/naɪˈsiːə/; Greek: Νίκαια [ˈni:kaɪja]) was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecum...
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Excommunication
Excommunication is an institutional act of religious censure used to deprive, suspend, or limit membership in a religious community or to restrict certain rights within it, in particular reception of ...
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Legitimacy Act 1926
The Legitimacy Act 1926 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The purpose of the Legitimacy Act 1926 was to amend the law relating to children born out of wedlock.
The fundamental pr...
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Lex (canon law)
'Lex' is Latin for one sense of the English term, law. In the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, lex refers to law which has been formulated in written form and promulgated by competent authority. W...
Church Order (Lutheran)
The Church Order or Church Ordinance (German: Kirchenordnung) means the general ecclesiastical constitution of a State.The early Evangelical Church attached less importance to ecclesiastical ritua...
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Zoen Tencarari
Zoen Tencarari was an Italian canon lawyer, papal vice-legate, and bishop of Avignon from 1240 to about 1261. He taught at the University of Bologna, where in 1256 he founded a college. He glossed th...
Legitimacy (law)
In Western common law, legitimacy is the status of a child born to parents who are legally married to each other; and of a child conceived before the parents receive a legal divorce. Conversely, illeg...
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Legal history of the Catholic Church
The legal history of the Catholic Church is the history of what is claimed to be the oldest continuously functioning internal legal system in Western Europe, much later than Roman law but predating th...
Constantine I and Christianity
While the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306–337) ruled, Christianity began to transition to the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. Historians remain uncertain about Constantine's re...
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Richard White of Basingstoke
Richard White (1539–1611) was an English jurist and historian, in later life an expatriate scholar who became a Catholic priest.
He was son of Henry White of Basingstoke, Hampshire, who died at th...
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Latae sententiae
Latae sententiae is a Latin phrase, meaning "sentence (already) passed", used in the canon law of the Catholic Church.A latae sententiae penalty is one that follows ipso facto or automatically, by for...
Petrine privilege
Petrine privilege, also known as the privilege of the faith or favour of the faith, is a ground recognised in Catholic canon law allowing for dissolution by the Pope of a valid natural marriage betwee...
I Confess (film)
I Confess is a 1953 drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Montgomery Clift as Fr. Michael William Logan, a Catholic priest, Anne Baxter as Ruth Grandfort, and Karl Malden as Inspector...
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Bastard (Law of England and Wales)
A bastard (also called whoreson) in the law of England and Wales is a person whose parents were not married at the time of his or her birth, or indeed his or her conception. Should a married couple di...
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Priest–penitent privilege in pre-Reformation England
The doctrine of priest–penitent privilege does not apply in the United Kingdom. However, before the Reformation, England was a Roman Catholic country and the Seal of the Confessional had great authori...
Margaritae
Margaritae are collections of canon law and decretals.Canon lawyers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries taught canon law by commenting on the Decretum of Gratian and on the various collections of ...
Seal of the Confessional and the Anglican Church
The Seal of the Confessional is a principle of the Anglican Church that protects the words spoken during confession. Confession has certain censures on disclosure as there is an understanding among th...
Faculty (instrument)
A faculty is a legal instrument or warrant in canon law, especially a judicial or quasi-judicial warrant from an ecclesiastical court or tribunal. In the Roman Catholic Church, it is "the authority, p...