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Temporalities, Church
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The term temporalities refers to the “temporal” assets of the church – goods and privileges that differ from “spiritualities” in having no immediate spiritual character. Historically, the separation of temporalities from spiritualities was of particular significance in resolving the Investiture Controversy, when a distinction was made between installing bishops in their spiritual office and endowing them with their secular rights and privileges. In Roman Catholic canon law, the law of church property is still dealt with in CIC/1983 under the heading De bonis e…

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Wall, Heinrich de, “Temporalities, Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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