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prelate

a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot
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Curiously, it is the reminiscences of Richard Culmer the Elder--'enemy to Archbishop Laud, to the Cathedral at Canterbury, and to all the prelatic party at the beginning of the rebellion' (26)--that provide the best description of the font.
But no less are clergy in capite responsible for cura animarum, and the need for reformatio in capite was a direct consequence of prelatic neglect of this care in favor of temporalities, as Clamanges discusses in Contra prelatos symoniacos.