a solemn assembly in the Roman Catholic Church, convoked and presided over by the pope and composed of cardinals, bishops, and certain other prelates whose decrees, when confirmed by the pope, become binding.
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How to use ecumenical council in a sentence
The constitutio de fide has been adopted by the ecumenical council, nemine contradicente.Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870 | Various
Our present problems are said to be waiting for the next ecumenical council.
Why not call an ecumenical council, appoint a commission to see to such things, and then forget the sacrilege?Damn! | Henry Louis Mencken
Constantine assembled at Nice, opposite Constantinople, the first ecumenical council, over which Ozius presided.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Constantine summoned to meet at Nice, opposite Constantinople, the first ecumenical council, of which Ozius was president.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for ecumenical council
an assembly of bishops and other ecclesiastics representative of the Christian Church throughout the world. Roman Catholic canon law states that an ecumenical council must be convened by the pope
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