Council of Constance

The Council of Constance was the 15th century ecumenical council. It was held from 1414-1418. The council's main purpose was to end the Papal schism. The council ended the Western Schism, which was a split in the Catholic church lasting from 1378-1417. The Council was located in Baden, Germany. The Council of Constance was called in 1414 by the Anti-Pope John XXIII, one of three rival claimants to the papal throne, the other two being Gregory XII and Benedict XIII. The council was called to resolve all doubts as to the true successor of Peter, and end the Great Schism. The council had 5 sessions.The council was attended by roughly 29 cardinals, 100 learned doctors of law and divinity, 134 abbots, and 183 bishops and archbishops. The topic discussed was how to end the Western Schism. Documents produced were The Deposition of John XXII and Benedict XII, the condemnation of Jan Hus, and the election of Martin V.

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