Council of Constance

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Noun1.Council of Constance - the council in 1414-1418 that succeeded in ending the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church
council - (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
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He was fortunate enough to attend the Council of Constance, where he had the chance to learn of Poggio Bracciolini's manuscript discoveries and to rub shoulders with some of the students of Manuel Chrysoloras, after which he returned to Italy and was elected canon of the cathedral in Pistoia.
Lot 1: City Council of Constance,Lot 2: Town Administration Singen,Lot 3: City Council Radolfzell,Lot 4: Technical services Konstanz.
Wolf juxtaposes the Council of Constance, which in Haec sancta decreed the superiority of councils to popes, with Vatican I, which in Pastor aeternus defined the doctrine of papal infallibility, an "unprecedented innovation and break with Church traditions" (78).
A critic of the papacy, John Hus, used the story of Pope Joan against the Council of Constance in 1415 and was not contradicted.
Chapter 1 discusses Juan's scholarly and administrative activities at the University of Salamanca during and shortly after the time of the Council of Constance.
Another highlight of this year's theme is the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance, which is thought to be the largest gathering of religious figures, politicians and academicians during the Middle Ages.
The Council of Constance says that nothing can be dismissed as irrelevant or conditioned by the situation.
At the time of the Western Schism (1378-1417), the Council of Constance (1414-18) deposed both John XXIII as an anti-pope and Gregory XII, who as the supposedly legitimate pope was allowed to present it as an abdication.
It was Pope Gregory XII, who, in a very sacrificial gesture offered to resign so that the council of Constance could assume his power and appoint a new Pope, and in so doing bring an end Great Western Schism," Prudlo told Vatican Radio in an interview.
He resigned at the Council of Constance in an effort to heal the divisions of the Christian Church.
Greenblatt's speculation about Poggio's activities at the Council of Constance, where he was secretary to Baldassare Cossa, an antipope during the Great Western Schism, is somewhat suspect.

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