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  • Record Number: 43330
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Dusil , Stephan,
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  • Title: The Emerging Jurisprudence, the Second Lateran Council of 1139 and the Development of Canonical Impediments
  • Source: The Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000 – 1234.  Edited by Melodie H. Eichbauer and Danica Summerlin.  Brill, 2019.  Pages 140 - 158.
  • Description: The Second Lateran Council issued a canon annulling the marriages entered into by higher clergy (subdeacons, deacons and priests). This canon went beyond enforcing celibacy to abandoning an older acceptance that these marriages were legitimate. The Decretum of Gratian included the Lateran text but did not make it grounds for a formal impediment annulling an attempted marriage. The canonists gradually develop this impediment, which was included in the Gregorian Decretals of 1234. The Lateran canon by then had dropped out of the discussion, only to be revived in the codification of canon law in 1917.
  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Annulment Canon Law Clergy- Sexual Behavior Clerical Celibacy General Church Councils Impediments to Marriage- Clerical Orders Second Lateran Council, 1139
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  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 12- 13
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  • Author's Affiliation: Catholic University, Leuven
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  • Year of Publication: 2019.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9789004364332