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A high-ranking member of the clergy, especially a bishop.

[Middle English prelat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praelātus, from Latin, past participle of praeferre, to carry before, to prefer : prae-, pre- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·lat′ic (prĭ-lăt′ĭk) adj.
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(91) He was a founder of the 'high church' Scottish Ecclesiological Society and the Scottish Church Society, the latter accused by a critical minister of being 'proved a wicked Jesuitical conspiracy, hatched by traitors, to change the pure Church of Scotland again back into a devilish hierarchy of prelatic and Popish tyrants, and to blasphemous idolatries'.
John Paul II went that afternoon to the Prelatic Church of Opus Dei, dedicated to Our Lady of Peace, where Don Alvaros body lay.
In Rome, Italy, devotees traditionally gather for the services at his major shrine, the Our Lady of Peace, Prelatic Church of Opus Dei where he was buried in 1975.