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- n. An early Christian belief which maintained that apostate priests were incapable of administering the sacraments, as opposed to the orthodox view that any sacrament administered by a properly ordained priest or bishop is valid, regardless of how sinful he is or if he has converted to another religion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The tenets of the Donatists.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrines of the Donatists.
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- n. a schismatic Christian religion in northern Africa from the 4th to the 7th century; held that only those who led a blameless life belonged in the church or could administer the sacraments
Eponym, Donatus Magnus + -ism (Wiktionary)
"donatism," or a constant expression of the theological or pastoral reality of Matthew 25.