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IMMUNITY

Freedom from something, which may be from antecedent necessity or a person's claim to liberty from interference in exercising his or her natural or conferred rights. Term commonly used to describe exemption of the Church's clergy and religious from civic duties (such as military service) regarded as incompatible with their state of life. In morality, it is applied to the condition of certain persons by which they are able to resist the pressures to conformity of a secular culture or environment.

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

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