One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural motu proprios
An edict issued by the Pope personally to the Roman Catholic Church or to a part of it.
- ‘First, if you are among that marginal group of Catholics who understand the significance of the motu proprio and are grateful for it, write to thank our Holy Father for it.’
- ‘Between the end of the Second Vatican Council and the publication of the new Code of Canon Law, many motu proprios were issued to modify older legislation before the new code took effect.’
- ‘Almost all the motu proprios are incomplete, even the encyclicals.’
- ‘The letter accompanying the motu proprio gives the pope's reasons.’
- ‘Apart from 14 encyclicals, 41 apostolic letters and 19 motu proprios, he has also published a large number of books.’
- ‘What I am referring to as ‘papal documents’ would be encyclicals, bulls, motu proprios, etc. - documents that rely solely on the Pope's authority as Supreme Pontiff, as opposed to his approval of the acts of an ecumenical council.’
- ‘Pope Benedict explained that his motu proprio was an effort to promote ‘interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church.’’
- ‘I'm just curious about whether the motu proprios issued by one pope are binding upon future popes?’
- ‘What with all the rumored motu proprios waiting in the wings, I have a feeling this Pope is about to disappoint some significant numbers of Catholics in any case.’
- ‘Pope John Paul II has written 14 encyclicals, 14 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions, 43 apostolic letters, and 28 motu proprios (documents of his own accord).’
Latin, literally ‘of one's own volition’.
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