1910 New Catholic Dictionary
In Church law,
- those who are baptized and accordingly have all the rights and duties of Christians unless expressly limited
- corporate bodies or institutions constituted by Divine right, namely, the Catholic Church and the Apostolic See, or erected by ecclesiastical authority, e.g., religious orders or seminaries; in common usage, members of the clergy or of religious institutes
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Entry for 'Ecclesiastical Persons'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ncd/e/ecclesiastical-persons.html. 1910.