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Judicial Vicar
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The word officialis, which in the broad sense means “official,” is used in canon law to denote the judicial vicar (CIC 1983, c. 1420 §1); the judicial vicar and the bishop constitute a (diocesan) tribunal, on which he exercises ordinary vicarious power to judge, which c. 1420 §1 calls potestas ordinaria iudicandi but is traditionally better termed iudicaria ordinaria vicaria. In every diocese, as a rule, the bishop appoints a judicial vicar for a specific term. Associate judicial vicars (vice-officiales) can also be appointed. A judicial vicar must be a prie…

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Puza, Richard, “Judicial Vicar”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024224>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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