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Prelate

1910 New Catholic Dictionary

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(Latin: praelatus, the preferred)

Originally the word was applied to bishops who ruled the Church by Divine right. Apart from this usage we have a prelate nullius, who presides over the clergy and people of a certain territory, which does not belong to any diocese. Some abbots, although not bishops, are called prelates, and have the jurisdiction of a prelate nullius, e.g., the Abbey of Einsiedeln, Switzerland. In exempt religious orders, all superiors having an ordinary jurisdiction rank as prelates. e.g., provincials, guardians, and priors.

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Entry for 'Prelate'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ncd/​p/prelate.html. 1910.
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