Decretals are collections of decrees or laws, esp. of papal laws and rules. The term is derived from the Lat. decretalis, containing a decree; cf. the Lat. decretum, decree. The singular, decretal, denotes any authoritative decree or a letter embodying such a decree. Decretals include the Decretum of Gratian* and decretals of Gregory IX (see Popes, 11), Boniface VIII (see Popes, 12), and Clement* V Such decretals are part of canon* law (Corpus* Iuris Canonici). See also Decretals, False; Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals.
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