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1. Church History

1.1. Background

According to Roman Catholic canon law, “secularization” means the transfer of persons and things from the sacral sphere to the temporal. While the secularization of individuals (e.g., from those in monastic orders to the status of secular clergy or laymen; Church Law) is known only where Catholic canon law is accepted, “secularization” in the sense of the desacralizing of material goods is widely used for the change from church to lay property. (German distinguishes Säkularisierung, “menta…

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von Oer, Rudolfine Freiin and Laeyendecker, Leo, “Secularization”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.46>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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