Motu proprio

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The motu proprio of February 19, 1506, with which Pope Julius II appointed Demetrio Damilas to write Greek books in the papal library. Città del Vaticano, Archivio Segreto Vaticano, Cam. Ap., Div. Cam. 57, fol. 225r

A motu proprio [ ˌmotuˈprɔprio ] (also Motuproprio , plural Motuproprios; from Latin motu proprio , of one's own motivation or drive; instigated by oneself ) is an apostolic letter from the Pope , which was issued without a formal request from others and from the Pope personally and not from one of its cardinals, official bodies or other advisors. In most cases these are the announcement of canon law or administrative decisions, small changes in canon law or the granting of privileges. Usually a motu proprio is a decree that has not been given a seal (cf. papal bull ) and has not been countersigned. The first apostolic letter in the form of a motu proprio was promulgated by Pope Innocent VIII in 1484 .

A motu proprio begins by stating the reason for which it was composed. The description of the change in the law or the granting of privileges follows. The document is signed by the Pope himself. The text will then be published. It is valid even if it does not conform to the current Codex iuris canonici or previous papal decisions.

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