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Lateran Council


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a series of councils held in the Lateran Palace, a former papal residence, in Rome between the seventh and the 18th century, five of which (in 1123, 1139, 1179, 1215, and 1512-1517) were ecumenical. The fourth, often considered the most important, produced the doctrine of transubstantiation.

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  • n. any of five general councils of the Western Catholic Church that were held in the Lateran Palace


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  • We have come full-circle from Lateran Council which declared that Jews and Muslims must wear distinctive dress.


  • For, by the ancient canons, and especially by the Lateran Council under Innocent III., every priest that disclosed a confession, of whatever nature, was to be interdicted and condemned to perpetual imprisonment.

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  • He and his father, with a tiny army of only 750 Catholic knights, had defeated a huge army of some 50,000 Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213, 2 years before the end of the 4th Lateran Council.

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  • And this still, whether there is a conversion of the substance not long before the Lateran Council the Master of the Sentences himself says, I am not able to define.

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  • In the fourth Lateran Council, it was decreed that any believer should communicate at least once in a year — at Easter.

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  • Lateran Council of 1215 had decreed that every Chris - tian was in duty bound to go to confession at least once a year.


  • Platonism at the courts of Julius II and Leo X and at the Lateran Council.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Even in the previous century the decrees of the reforming Councils were at once frustrated by the successors of the Popes whom they deposed, and in this sixteenth century a Lateran Council had already anticipated the Vatican of the nineteenth by declaring the Pope to be supreme over Council and Church alike.

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  • This holy patriarch having returned to his companions to fix upon a rule, as had been recommended to him by Pope Innocent at the Lateran Council, and having adopted the rule of St. Augustine, to which he had added some more austere regulations, came back to Rome to procure the approval of the Holy See.

    The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • He was a professor at the university of Paris, and assisted at the Lateran Council in 1179, dying at a very advanced age in

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"


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