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Temas medievales

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PROVVIDENTE, Sebastián. The Haec sancta synodus Decree: Between Theology, Canon Law and History. Judicial Practices and Plenitudo Potestatis. Temas mediev. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 0327-5094.

While the enactment of the decree Haec Sancta set the basis for the final resolution of the Schism, the explanation of the meaning of the decree has given rise to conflicting interpretations by historians, theologians, and canonists. As has been pointed out by a number of scholars, this arises from a certain ambiguity in the wording of the text. This ambiguity would by no means be the product of careless writing but quite the opposite, as it appears to have been carefully intended to reach a certain degree of consensus between the different positions held at the Council. Nonetheless, it should be remembered that many of the divergent interpretations tend to be rooted in a priori theological or canonical criteria with a clear metahistorical content.

Keywords : Conciliarism; Constance; Haec sancta; Procedure.

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