Catholic Dictionary

Term

MASTER OF THE SACRED PALACE

Definition

The Pope's theologian and canonist, always of the Dominican Order. St. Dominic (1170-1221) first held such an office, whose function was to develop the Palace School, which later became the Roman College. One of the duties of the position was to allow or forbid the printing of all religious books. The title now is mainly one of honor. He resides at the Vatican.