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Devolution, Right of
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In Catholic canon law (II) this is the transfer of the right to bestow a church office to the superior church official (authentic devolution) or the release of the bestower from his relationship to a right of nomination (inauthentic devolution). Introduced by Alexander III (X1, 6, 7; X3, 8, 2; X3, 38, 3), the right of devolution has been limited since the 13th century. The CIC knows of representative conveyance of office in the event of neglect or hindrance (c. 155 CIC; c. 945 CCEO) and of the replacement of a diocesan administrator (cc. 421 §2; 425 §3 CIC; cc. 220 n. 3; 221 n…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Devolution, Right of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03602>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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