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Jurisdiction/Power of Jurisdiction
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In canon law, jurisdiction denotes the power of governance (potestas regiminis) that is exercised in the external and internal (legal) forum (CIC 1983, cc. 129–144; CCEO, cc. 979–995). It inherently comprises all functions, including legislative, judicial, and administrative power; because the church is constituted hierarchically, there is no provision for separation of powers. Pursuant to CIC 1983, c. 129, only persons in sacred orders (clergy; Consecration/Ordination/Dedication) are capable of the power of governance. Laity can cooperate (cooperari poss…

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Kalb, Herbert, “Jurisdiction/Power of Jurisdiction”, 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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