vicar general

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vicar general

an official, usually a layman, appointed to assist the bishop of a diocese in discharging his administrative or judicial duties
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dioceses--Scranton, with about 350,000 Catholics and 180 active priests serving 200 parishes, would be considered a medium-sized diocese--but Paulukonis said the difference was that Martino essentially deputized the episcopal vicars to handle everything, and no one could get to the bishop's ear except through his or her regional vicar.
Martino would meet regularly only with his episcopal vicars and central curia officials.
The flying bishops - their official title is provincial episcopal vicars, abbreviated by reporters to "peeves" - will have no dealings with ordained women and consequently will have 'clean episcopal hands.