In the Catholic Church, the term constitutions (from Lat. constituere, “set up, appoint”) refers to the decrees of a pope or council (cf. CIC/1983, c. 754) as well as the statutes of religious orders. Today, it is used primarily for statutes decreed ¶ by the pope as Constitutiones apostolicae in the style of an ordinary bull (Bullae) and administrative actions by the heads of curial offices. In the law governing religious orders, the statutes of institutes of consecrated life, secular institutes, and societies of the apostolic life are called constitutions.
Constitutions, Apostolic(130 words)
Cite this pageRees, Wilhelm, “Constitutions, Apostolic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12137>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013
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