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Schism - Western Schism
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Part of Schism:

1. Concept of Schism

2. History of Schism

3. Eastern Schism

4. Western Schism

The period from 1378 to 1417 (or 1449) is known in Church history as the great Western Schism. It was essentially a schism in the papacy, involving the simultaneous claim to and actual exercise of supreme Church authority by two and later three Popes. The Church has never officially pronounced on the question which of the two (or three) papal successions was the legitimate one. Nor did the choice of the papal name of Jo…

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Johann Baptist Villiger, “Schism - Western Schism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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