donatism

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Eponym, Donatus Magnus + -ism

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donatism (uncountable)

  1. (Christianity) An early Christian belief which maintained that apostate priests were incapable of administering the sacraments, as opposed to the orthodox view that any sacrament administered by a properly ordained priest or bishop is valid, regardless of how sinful he is or if he has converted to another religion.

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