nihil obstat

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ni·hil ob·stat

 (nī′hĭl ŏb′stät′, -stăt′, nē′-)
1. Roman Catholic Church An attestation by a church censor that a book contains nothing damaging to faith or morals.
2. Official approval, especially of an artistic work.

[Latin, nothing hinders : nihil, nothing + obstat, third person sing. present tense of obstāre, to hinder.]
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nihil obstat

(Roman Catholic Church) the phrase used by a Roman Catholic censor to declare publication inoffensive to faith or morals
[Latin, literally: nothing hinders]
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ni•hil ob•stat

(ˈnaɪ hɪl ˈɒb stæt, ˈni-)
certification from a Roman Catholic censor stating that a work contains nothing contrary to faith or morals. Compare imprimatur.
[1885–90; < Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nihil obstat - the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
imprimatur, sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
2.nihil obstat - authoritative approval
sanction - the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
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A este proposito, conviene recordar la indicacion que papa Francisco dio en 2015 por medio de una carta a su Secretario de Estado, en relacion a las politicas de personal aplicables mientras se desenvuelve la reforma de las estructuras de la Sede apostolica: en sustancia, el Papa indico que permanece vigente el sistema normativo precedente, incluidos los limites relativos al numero y cualidades del personal, y la exigencia de nihil obstat de la Secretaria de Estado (16).
Censors made caustic remarks about Merton's style, and early versions of the book were denied a nihil obstat, or official church approval.
Obviar passed the first step in 2001 when the Congregation for the Causes of Saints granted the nihil obstat (nothing stands in the way), or permission to initiate the cause for Beatification and Canonization.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints granted the "Nihil Obstat" (nothing hinders) to the diocesan inquiry of his life in 2001.
Fortunately, Oxford University published the entire Dead Sea Scrolls without the Imprimatur or Nihil Obstat of any church.
4571 / Nihil obstat a la representacion de la obra: / "Le corna di Don Friolera" con los recortes aportados / Fecha: 30-X-1934 XIIo / Por el Ministro / F.
The second member of the panel, Klaus von Stosch, whose area of specialization is the relationship between Christian faith and Islam, (5) answered the question in a similar way (and mentioned with a wink that he had received a nihil obstat at the time of his appointment at the theological faculty in Paderborn).
Brown openly admitted, but in a small footnote (!) in 1977 in his magisterial and monumental work on Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, "The reading 'virgin' was imposed by a decision of the American bishops on the reluctant Catholic translators of the NAB." (3) They finally gave a green light and a nihil obstat and imprimatur to "young woman" in 2011.
Canon law still recommends that Catholic works concerning scripture, theology, church history, or morality be submitted to the local ordinary for a nihil obstat ("nothing forbids") and imprimatur ("let it be printed") before publication, although in practice only a minority of books religion texts, prayer books, or other official collections--go through that process.
Article: Nihil Obstat, "Mystical Stigmata, treatment of the mythical phenomena of stigmata," by Nihil Obstat, Webpage copyright 1907.