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Doctrinal Discipline
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I. Church History – II. Church Law

I. Church History

Within the church's general duty to confront heresies, there has been, since the time of the Early Church, a particular responsibility to counteract heresies held by those that hold church offices. Until the late Middle Ages, this task was fulfilled by synodal or episcopal, and ultimately, papal decree – in the West, after a preceding canonical trial: proscription of the unacceptable doctrine, which ha…

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Herms, Eilert, de Mortanges, René Pahud and Germann, Michael, “Doctrinal Discipline”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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