[German Version] (Lat.
anti-/antestare, to be at the head of, to deserve priority), in pre- and post-Christian times indicates the head of a cultic community, later also bishops, abbots, and the pope. In the reformed state churches of Switzerland, Antistes was the title of the highest cleric in the city. “Antistes Urbanis” (prelate of the papal house) was eliminated in the reform of the papal house (Mar 28, 1968). Antistes occurs in the liturgy and in the
CIC (c. 667 § 4: antistita). Wilhelm Rees Bibliography M. Gelzer,
RGG 3 I, 1957, 459 D. v. Huebner,
LMA I, 1980, 725f.