prelature

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prel·a·ture

 (prĕl′ə-chər, -cho͝or′)
n.

prelature

(ˈprɛlɪtʃə)
n
another name for prelacy1

prel•a•cy

(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Personal prelatures exist to carry out specific pastoral missions within the Church worldwide.
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.