We must raise $703 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

EXEMPTION

The withdrawal of a person or place from the jurisdiction of an inferior authority and immediate subjection to a higher power. Religious orders under solemn vows and some under simple vows by papal indult are exempt or free from the jurisdiction of the local ordinary and subject immediately to the jurisdiction of the Holy See. A diocese not under the metropolitan authority of any archbishop, but under the immediate subjection of the Holy See, and any archdiocese whose archbishop is not metropolitan are both exempt. (Etym. Latin eximere, to take out, deliver, free.)

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

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis March 27
Our Most Characteristic Vice? March 27
Recognizing the Noonday Devil March 27
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? March 27
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women March 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13