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The Clementinae constitutiones (also clementines or clementines) are a collection of papal decrees of the Council of Vienne (1311/12), compiled by Pope Clemens V. After a revision by his successor, John XXII. , the Clementinae was published on October 25, 1317 . They are the last main piece of the " Corpus Iuris Canonici ".


After the promulgation of Liber Sextus , Boniface VIII as well as his successor Benedict XI. new decretals issued. These were known under the name (Constitutiones) Extravagantes Libri VI and were attached to the Liber Sextus.


Clement V (1305-1314) promulgated a series of new decretals, some of which were also read out at the Council of Vienne (15th Ecumenical Council 1311-1312). In 1314, Clement V promulgated a revised collection of his own decretals. However, he was under the influence of the French king, so that these decretals were much more flexible than those of his two predecessors. He named this new collection Liber Septimus. This should become legally binding when it is sent to the universities. However, they were not sent because the Pope died beforehand, so they did not become legally binding. The subsequent Pope John XXII. (1316–1334) had a new revision of the Klementine collection (Liber Septimus) produced, which he promulgated on October 25, 1317.


The term Liber Septimus did not catch on in practice. The names Constitutiones Clementis V or Clementinae came into use. The Bolognese School of Law referred to them as Clementinae sc. Constitutiones.


The collection is divided into 5 books with 52 titles and 106 chapters and follows the model of the Gregorian collection. In addition to a constitution by Popes Boniface VIII ( Super cathedram ) and Urban IV ( Transiturus de hoc mundo ), it contains only revised decretals of Pope Clement V (issued before or after the Council of Vienne 1311/12)

How to quote

1 Clem, III, 12 (capitula 1 in Clementis, liber III titulus 12) or: Clem. 3.12.1