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motu proprio

[moh-too proh-pree-oh] /ˈmoʊ tu ˈproʊ priˌoʊ/
noun, Latin.
any of certain documents issued by the pope without counsel from others.
Origin of motu proprio
literally, of one's own accord Unabridged
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  • There is no document more frequently misquoted than this motu proprio.

    The Priestly Vocation Bishop Bernard Ward
  • Another decree, the motu proprio, was construed as seeking to establish immunity for the clergy from proceedings in civil courts.

British Dictionary definitions for motu proprio

motu proprio

/ˈməʊtuː ˈprəʊprɪˌəʊ/
an administrative papal bull
Word Origin
Latin: of his own accord
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