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In ecclesiastical law, a form of delegation supplied by the Church, enabling a priest who is otherwise unauthorized to validly absolve penitents in the sacrament of penance. THus jurisdiction is supplied in the case of common error (when people think that the priest has furisdiction); in doubt of law or fact, assuming that the doubt is sincere; and if a priest's jurisdiction had inadvertently expired.
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