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In Catholic church law, the Latin word forum has several different meanings. 1. The forum canonicum is the sphere to which the authority and powers of canon law (CIC 1983, c. 1716) or ecclesiastical jurisdiction (c. 1675 §1) apply; the latter is also called the forum iudiciale (cc. 1047 §1, 1049 §1). The forum sacramentale is the sacrament of penance (c. 508 §1); the forum civile refers to secular (state) jurisdiction (cc. 1288, 1675 §1). 2. Within the sphere of ecclesiastical law, the forum externum and the forum internum represent two different areas of one and the…

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May, Georg, “Forum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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