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Ecclesia supplet/Suppletion
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[German Version]

(Lat. ecclesia supplet = “the church supplements”). In Catholic canon law, under certain circumstances absent jurisdiction is replaced according to CIC c.144 §1. This is not the sanctioning of invalid legal acts but the legal delegation of authority or jurisdiction in cases involving either an actual or legally assumed error on the part of the ecclesiastical community in question or a positive and demonstrable legal or otherwise factual doubt concerning the presence of authority or proper jurisdicti…

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Potz, Richard, “Ecclesia supplet/Suppletion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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