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 (pā′trē-är′kĭt, -kāt′)
1. The territory, rule, or rank of a patriarch.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, jurisdiction, province, or residence of a patriarch
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a family or people under male domination or government


(ˈpeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt)

1. the office, jurisdiction, or residence of an ecclesiastical patriarch.
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Noun1.patriarchate - the jurisdiction of a patriarch
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
2.patriarchate - a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
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Two other patriarchates in Alexandria and Antioch were very important in the early years, to be superseded by Constantinople and Rome later.
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, in The Orthodox Church, called this "perhaps the darkest chapter in the story of the Moscow Patriarchates collusion with Communism" This remains an ecumenically sensitive issue for many Orthodox and to this day many high-ranking Russian Orthodox prelates argue for the 1946 council's legitimacy and justify the Moscow Patriarchate's collaboration as necessary.
Aoun voiced support for the joint statement issued by the Greek Orthodox and Syriac Orthodox Patriarchates of Antioch and All the East.
The two Patriarchates called on the world to seek an end to the current tragedy in Syria, pointing out that Christians in Syria are part of the country's fabric and they work for halting injustice in the world.
Chapters 4 and 5 provide an account of the present-day patriarchates in both the Orthodox/Ancient Oriental and Catholic churches.
Some theologians who favor greater collegiality have long urged that Western Christianity create new patriarchates as a way of assigning greater autonomy and authority to local churches.
Disputes between the Kiev and Moscow Patriarchates also continued.
The norm for the first millennium was a localized, decentralized church where regional patriarchates and the principle of subsidiarity reigned.
The decision was surprising since Professor Joseph Ratzinger in the 1960s had speculated that even additional patriarchates in the West might assist the papal ministry.
The present organization of the Church consists of the Patriarchate of Etchmiadzin (the Patriarch is the head of the Armenian Church), the Catholicate of Sis, and the Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Constantinople.
Contemporary Orthodoxy is divided between the two patriarchates of Byzantium and Moscow, and the numerous autocephalous or autonomous churches of the Byzantine east that are not in communion with Rome.