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vicar general

n. pl. vicars general
1. Roman Catholic Church
a. A priest acting as deputy to a bishop to assist him in the administration of his diocese.
b. An assistant to the head of a religious order.
2. An ecclesiastical official in the Church of England, usually a layperson, who assists an archbishop or a bishop in administrative and judicial duties.

vicar general

n, pl vicars general
(Ecclesiastical Terms) an official, usually a layman, appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese in discharging his or her administrative or judicial duties
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vicar general

nGeneralvikar(in) m(f)
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But vicars general reflect the mind of the bishop, and in this instance, the mindset was clearly to keep damaging information within the confines of the chancery, existing rules be damned.
In the instances of his responsibilities held in commendam, such as the Norman abbeys of Montebourg in the archdiocese of Coutances, Sr-Ouen in Rouen, or Mont-St-Michel on the coast, there is little or no evidence of his presence, but rather of actions in his name carried out by vicars general and suffragans.
Bishops can confer on their vicars general as much power as they wish, but Mahon horizontally standard, has an unusually range of authority.