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prelate/prelature

From Latin praelatus, "having preferred [this person or group]"; in the Roman Catholic Church, a person or group granted special dignity or privileges in a certain area. A personal prelature is a prelature over certain persons, in contrast to a prelature over a certain area. The possibility of personal prelatures was established during the Second Vatican Council (1960s) and affirmed in the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Personal prelatures allowed persons to serve the Church in an order similar to a monastic order without embracing monastic commitments to poverty and celibacy. The first established as a personal prelature was Opus Dei, whose members operate simultaneously under the authority of their local church and of their designated prelate. See EscrivaŽ de Balaguer, Josemaria; Opus Dei.



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