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Prelate/Prelacy
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I. Catholic Usage

In the strict sense, a prelate is the spiritual leader (Bishop: III, 1; or priest) of a particular church (also occasionally called praesul or antistes at Vatican II) or other incardination community. In this sense, CIC/1983 speaks of a territorial prelate as the head of a territorial prelature (c. 370; formerly “free prelature”). In this case we have a particular church that is similar in many ways to a diocese but for specific ongoing reason…

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Aymans, Winfried and Seiferlein, Alfred, “Prelate/Prelacy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024448>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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