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In church law the term “exemption” denotes the exclusion of persons, corporations, or territories from the normally expected associations or structures (Church Government) and their placement under higher or specially appointed officials (Jurisdiction, Ecclesiastical).

In the Middle Ages exemptions were very important for particular orders and congregations, for such action placed them directly under the pope, and their heads were not subject to local bishops. This arrangement favored the development of monasteries, protected the property of the orders, and …

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Grote, Heiner, “Exemption”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E664>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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