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Enclosure
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[German Version]

(clausura; from Lat. claudere, “to close”) is the term in Cath ecclesiastical law for the area of a monastery building that is exclusively reserved for the members of the community, and which members may not leave, or outsiders enter, depending on the stipulations that apply in each case. In non-contemplative institutions an enclosure adapted to the character and mission of the institute, and in accordance with its own laws, has to be observed (CIC/1983 c. 667 §1; CCEO c. 477). Contemplative monasteries require a stricter system (CIC/1983 c. 667). For nuns, the con…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Enclosure”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_11835>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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