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The notion of a forum, as a special place, goes back to the early days of civilization. As a juridical term, it comes from the usage to which the place which it designated was put (e.g., the Forum Romanum), in an age when religion, political life, and law intermingled. Etymologically, the word implies a fencing which both protects and separates. So having first meant a place, the word became associated with a court of justice. It became a formal term in juridical language, meaning primarily the …

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Klaus Mörsdorf, “Forum”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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