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prelate

a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
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Keywords: Circumscription, Anglican communion, particular Church, Opus Del, personal ordinariate, cumulative power, personal prelature.
Josemaria Escriva (canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002), Opus Dei is not a church movement, per se; it is actually a personal prelature, unique in the Catholic Church.
Officially, it is the Catholic Church's only "personal prelature." The movement's head, a bishop, resides in Rome, and members place themselves, for the purpose of spiritual formation, under his authority.
Later he bestowed on the organization the status of "Personal Prelature," making Opus Dei responsible directly to Rome.
The Reagan era's peculiar contribution to this band of gypsies has been to adopt them, via the National Security Council staff, as a kind of personal prelature in King Ronald's realm.
She has been a cooperator' in the Catholic personal prelature Opus Dei for the past three years.
If the writers who make snide remarks about "conservative" Catholic institutions like Opus Dei did a little more investigative journalism, they would have found out that the former archbishop of San Salvador appreciated very much the apostolic works of this Personal Prelature in his diocese, especially those in favor of the poorest of the poor.
Most observers still expect, however, that something along the lines of a "personal prelature," a non-territorial diocese status currently held by Opus Dei, will eventually be put on the table.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that one possible solution (if the Vatican's requirements were met) would be a "personal prelature." This is a church jurisdiction without geographical boundaries designed to carry out certain pastoral initiatives.
In 1982, Pope John Paul II gave the group the unique status of a personal prelature, meaning that it was above Catholic law and reported directly to the pope.
With the transformation of Opus Dei into a Personal Prelature these vows have been replaced by a binding contract that is entered into with the Prelature.

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