Sublimis Deus
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In May and June 1537, Pope Paul III (1534–49) issued three important statements on the missionary situation in America (Mission 3.4): the bulls Sublimis Deus (SD, also called Unigenitus and Veritas ipsa) and Altitudo divini consilii (ADC), along with Pastorale officium (PO), which served as an executing brief for SD. The bull ADC was of a legal and disciplinary nature, settling the strife about baptism between the Franciscans and Dominicans in Mexico. SD related to the debated issue of the humanity of the Indians and to the central economic problem of an emerging co…

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Prien, Hans-Jürgen, “Sublimis Deus”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.87>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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