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Ius reformandi
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[German Version]

is the right of civil authorities to regulate religious affairs in their sphere of control. 1. With no direct roots in the reform powers of late medieval authorities (Patronage, bailiwick, papal privileges), the ius reformandi in the Reformation period grew out of the responsibility felt by the estates of the empire, the cities and the nobility for the church, a responsibility that was often prompted, but also accepted, in the 15th century. It consisted, first, in the right of the estates to decide for the Reforma…

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Schneider, Bernd Christian, “Ius reformandi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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