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DONATION OF CONSTANTINE

A document forged in the eighth or ninth century, allegedly written by Emperor Constantine (c. 275-337), gibing the Pope and the Church great possessions and a political privilege. It was never considered by the popes as the source of their power either in civil jurisdiction or in spiritual authority.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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