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Conciliar Theory
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I. Church History – II. Dogmatics – III. Church Law

I. Church History

Conciliarism (conciliar theory) is the doctrine that the general council is the highest ecclesial authority such that even the pope is subject to its supremacy. Its roots lie primarily in the discussions of medieval canon law concerning the relationship between papal immunity and responsibility. A discussion concerning the relationship of the infallibility of the church promis…

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Schneider, Hans, Wohlmuth, Josef, Birmelé, André and Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Conciliar Theory”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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