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In church law “filiation” is used for offshoots of monasteries and parishes. Filiation was common in medieval orders and became a constitutional principle for the Cistercians. The abbot of the motherhouse had the right to visit (Visitation) daughter houses, and the “daughters” founded their own houses. Filiation of this type was later detached from the system of congregations (Orders and Congregations).

Filiation was a transitional stage in the forming of parishes (Congregation). Modern Roman Catholic canon law calls such offshoots quasi parishes and sets them under the…

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Grote, Heiner, “Filiation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F116>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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