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Vicar, Apostolic
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[German Version]

Literally a vicar apostolic is a representative of the Apostolic See. He is a prelate, possesses episcopal ordination, and is entrusted with a specific territory (the vicariate apostolic), which does not, however, have the canonical status of a diocese nor the autonomy of a diocese vis-à-vis Rome. It is a way the church is organized in mission territories. The vicar apostolic is the local ordinary and possesses potestas ordinaria vicaria.

Bibliography

G. Bier, in: Münsterischer Kommentar zum Codex iuris canonici, 1997, c. 371 (loose-leaf ed.).

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Puza, Richard, “Vicar, Apostolic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00943>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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