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 (prĕl′ə-chər, -cho͝or′)


another name for prelacy1


(ˈprɛl ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the office or dignity of a prelate.
2. the order of prelates.
3. the body of prelates collectively.
4. the system of church government by prelates.
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Noun1.prelature - prelates collectively
clergy - in Christianity, clergymen collectively (as distinguished from the laity)
2.prelature - the office or station of a prelate
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said 10 priests and five religious sisters from each of the 86 archdioceses, dioceses, and prelatures will attend the mass, which is not open to the public.
Villegas also encouraged prelatures, diocese, schools and organizations to conduct their own activities to mark the event.
12) <<Though the terna "personal" also occurs in the Code of Canon Law in relation to Personal Prelatures (canons 294-297), these are essentially clerical institutions or societies and this model was not followed, though there are indications that it was considered>>: Ch.
The purpose of this paper is to offer a systematic exploration of the relationship between the structures of personal ordinariate and personal prelature.
A) First of all, there is parity between Portugal and Spain regarding the number of members of the higher level of the two Inquisitions holding prelatures.
Please, no more personal prelatures or special societies of those gathered around the mission to return the church to a romanticized notion of an era that never existed in me first place.
A personal prelature is a canon law configuration foreseen by the Second Vatican Council, which stipulated that to carry out special pastoral tasks special dioceses or personal prelatures could be established (cf.
Personal prelatures belong to the pastoral and hierarchical structure of the Church.
In this context, the current typology of personal circumscriptions is analyzed: personal prelatures, military ordinariates, ritual ordinariates, and the specific case of the Apostolic Administration of Campos.
Born in L932 in the province of Navarre, Spain, Saenz studied philosophy and theology at the Opus Dei prelatures in Spain and Rome.
The last part of the study offers some considerations about the foreseeable future evolution of the personal prelatures to facilitate the pastoral care of the situations derived from the actual process of international human mobility.
The article fits into the context of the doctrinal debate on the legal role of lay people in personal prelatures, and is a detailed monothematic study on the meaning and area of application of canon 294 of the CIC, which --as we know-- controls the internal structure of the prelature.