Temporal power

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Temporal power is a term of art in medieval and early modern political philosophy to refer to worldly power, as contrasted with spiritual power.

  • The temporal power (simply), the state (polity) or secular authority, in contrast to the Church or spiritual authority
  • Temporal power (Papal), the worldly power exercised by the Roman Pontiff, especially as he historically governed the Papal States, in contrast with his spiritual power as head of the visible Catholic Church.

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State and Church