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 (prĕl′ə-chər, -cho͝or′)
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another name for prelacy1
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(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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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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Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Valentin Dimoc, incoming chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples, called on all archdioceses, dioceses, apostolic vicariates, and prelatures around the country "to organize regular prayer assemblies in parishes and in Basic Ecclesiastical Communities or BECs.
Villegas also encouraged prelatures, diocese, schools and organizations to conduct their own activities to mark the event.
Personal Ordinariates and Personal Prelatures: Notes on a Doctrinal Dialogue.
(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 number of key aspects ate highlighted in this regard, some new developments are cited, and proposals for further doctrinal dialogue based on the 1983 Code of Canon Law ate advanced.
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.
--, <<Le attuali riflessioni della canonistica sulle prelature personali.
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.
FLADER,<<Personal prelatures and Opus Del>>, in The Australasian Catholic Record LX (1983), p.