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ORDINARY POWER

The moral right of the Pope or bishops to teach and govern in virtue of their office, hence by divine ordinance. It is not delegated power received for a time or periodically from a higher possessor of jurisdiction.

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

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