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The act of renouncing an idea, person, or thing to which one has previously adhered. In the past, RC canon law defined it as the external retractation, made before witnesses, of errors contrary to Catholic faith and unity. From 1857 to 1967 a form of abjuration was imposed on those received into the RC Church from other bodies, and the Greek Church has set forms of abjuration for converts from Judaism and Islam as well as from other Christian denominations.

Subjects: Christianity.

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