bull, papal

bull, papal

      in Roman Catholicism, an official papal letter or document. The name is derived from the lead seal (bulla) traditionally affixed to such documents. Since the 12th century it has designated a letter from the pope carrying a bulla that shows the heads of the apostles Peter and Paul on one side and the pope's signature on the other.

      By the 13th century the term “papal bull' referred to only the most important documents issued by the pope. These included canonizations of saints, dogmatic pronouncements, Henry VIII's dispensation to marry Catherine of Aragon (his brother's widow), the restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, and the announcement (Dec. 25, 1961) of the forthcoming Second Vatican Council.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать реферат

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Bull, papal — The seal of lead attached to a papal letter or edict. The actual phrase with the date is for instance Per bullam pontificiam anni mccc, i.e. 1300. Papal bulls were identified by their opening words or phrases, the *incipit. Cf. Bulla …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bull, papal —  Булла папская …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Papal Arbitration — • An institution almost coeval with the papacy itself Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Papal Arbitration     Papal Arbitration      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Papal Decretals —     Papal Decretals     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Papal Decretals     I. DEFINITION AND EARLY HISTORY     (1) In the wide sense of the term decretalis (i.e. epistola decretalis) signifies a pontifical letter containing a decretum, or pontifical… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Papal conclave, 1621 — Papal conclave 1621 (February 8 – February 9) – convoked after the death of Pope Paul V, elected Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi, who under the name of Gregory XV became 234th Pope of the Catholic Church. It was the shortest conclave in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Papal Diplomatics —     Papal Diplomatics     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Papal Diplomatics     The word diplomatics, following a Continental usage which long ago found recognition in Mabillon s De Re Diplomaticâ , has of late come to denote also in English the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Papal diplomatics — is the scholarly study of the official documents of the Papacy. Contents 1 History 2 Subject matter 3 Notes 4 References History …   Wikipedia

  • Papal conclave, 1492 — Papal conclave, August 1492 Dates August 6–August 11, 1492 Location Sistine Chapel, Apostolic Palace, Papal States …   Wikipedia

  • Papal appointment — is the oldest method for the selection of the pope. Until the 11th century, most popes were appointed by secular European rulers or by their predecessors. Christian Chronicler . [http://www.christianchronicler.com/history1/medieval papacy.html… …   Wikipedia

  • bull — Ⅰ. bull [1] ► NOUN 1) an uncastrated male bovine animal. 2) a large male animal, e.g. a whale or elephant. 3) Brit. a bullseye. 4) Stock Exchange a person who buys shares hoping to sell them at a higher price later. Often contrasted with BEAR(Cf …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”