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Prelature, Personal
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To meet the needs of pastoral care and to achieve the most effective possible presence of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican II took steps to establish “personal prelacies” (Presbyterorum ordinis 10), which would not primarily be territorial. In view are secular priests and deacons who are given special training and work with the laity, who in turn “can dedicate themselves to the apostolic work of a personal prelature by way of agreements made with the prelature” (1983 CIC 296). The only institution thus far to have the rank of a personal prelature is Opus Dei (granted in November 1982).


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Grote, Heiner, “Prelature, Personal”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.140>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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