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ADMINISTRATION

The care and government of ecclesiastical property by persons who are qualified to do so by the laws of the Church. In countries where the Church is hindered in the possession, sale, or transfer of her own property, the administration is at least partially handled by persons who are not clerics or religious. When the laity are appointed administrators of Church property, this assumes they are responsible to the hierarchy or the superiors of religious institutes.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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