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Vicar General
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According to the canon law (II, 1) of the Catholic Church, in a diocesan curia the office of vicar general stands out; each diocese must have such an office (CIC cc. 475–481). As administrative representative of the diocesan bishop, the vicar general has the task of supporting the bishop in leading the diocese; he therefore exercises vicarious administrative authority throughout the diocese. The dependence of the vicar general, who must be a priest, on the episcopal office is also clear from the fact that the…

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Krämer, Peter, “Vicar General”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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