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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CONSTITUTION, CONCILIAR

A document issued by an ecumenical council and approved by the Pope, containing the positive doctrine of the Church, as distinct from the canons that formally condemn contrary teaching. Among the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the constitutions are either unqualified, on the liturgy; or dogmatic, on the Church and Divine Revelation; or pastoral, on the Church in the modern world.