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Privileged Altar
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[German Version]

The legally important altar privilege, established in the 16th century by Pope Gregory XIII, which conceded to popes, bishops, and priests certain prerogatives in celebrating the sacrament of the Eucharist, has completely disappeared in the current liturgical law of the Catholic Church. By current law, not only popes, but all bishops can celebrate at the high altars of the papal patriarchal basilicas (modification by Apostolic Letter Peculiare ius: AAS 58, 1966, 119–122). The right of priests to grant a plenary indulgence to a deceased person has…

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Riedel-Spangenberger, Ilona, “Privileged Altar”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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