Roman Catholic Church A decree, especially a papal page giving a decision on a spot or concern of canon law.
A papal decree.
Any decree or pronounced instruction.
An authoritative purchase or decree; specially, a letter of this pope, identifying some point or concern in ecclesiastical law. The decretals form the second area of the canon legislation.
The collection of ecclesiastical decrees and decisions made, by order of Gregory IX., in 1234, by St. Raymond of Pennafort.
An authoritative purchase or decree; particularly, a letter regarding the pope determining some point or concern in ecclesiastical legislation.
a novel of decrees or edicts; a body of regulations; specifically [capitalized], when you look at the plural, the 2nd area of the canon law: so called since it provides the decrees of sundry popes deciding points of ecclesiastical law.