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VICAR CAPITLAR

A cleric appointed by the cathedral chapter to administer a cacant episcopal diocese. The bishop's ordinary spiritual and temporal jurisdiction becomes the responsibility of the chapter when a vacancy occurs. But the chapter in turm must elect a vicar to assume this authority within a specified short period of time. when a diocese has no chapter, the board of consultors or its equivalent elects an administrator.

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

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