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Legal Capacity of the Church
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[German Version]

As juridical persons, ecclesiastical corporations (Protestant regional churches, Catholic dioceses, local churches, etc.) are recognized by law as having legal rights and duties. In the context of the churches' own law this goes without saying (Legal capacity under church law). Germany's Basic Law, art. 140, with Weimar Constitution (WRV) art. 137, IV, recognizes the legal capacity of “religious bodies” “according to the general provisos of civil law”; WRV art. 137, V recognizes the legal capacity of a body incorporate…

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Germann, Michael, “Legal Capacity of the Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024856>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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