Motu Proprio

(Latin: own accord)

Words used in rescripts, to signify that the Pope does not condition concession on motives of petition. In legislative enactments, designates informal method the Pope uses to make a decree, for example Pius XI made the chapels of Knights of Columbus and Roman playgrounds papal by his Motu Proprio of 25 March 1929.

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