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ARCHDEACON

An official who formerly administered part of diocese, in virtue of jurisdiction delegated to him by his bishop. Today similar duties are performed by auxiliary bishops, vicar-generals and others. In the Anglican Church the assistants to the bishops are still called archdeacons.

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

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