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PRELATE. The name of an ecclesiastical officer. There are two orders of prelates; the first is composed of bishops, and the second, of abbots, generals of orders, deans, &c.

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Only time will tell whether they will indeed be granted this privileged status in the Church, which at this point only belongs to Opus Dei, whose nature and purpose fit comfortably within the genus of the personal prelature.
Opus Dei is a Rome-based personal prelature of the Catholic Church, founded in Madrid on October 2, 1928, by Blessed Josemaria Escriva.
This is a strategy whose failure has been demonstrated in past centuries and that, at best, might lead to the founding of a "uniate" Anglican "minichurch" in the form of a personal prelature, not a territorial diocese.
Plus X still has no juridical status within the Catholic church, though there's been speculation that it might eventually be recognized as a personal prelature akin to Opus Dei.
At present, the only recognized personal prelature is Opus Dei.
Javier Echevarria of Opus Dei to Cardinal Sebastiano Baggio, at the time the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, summarizing the arguments for transforming Opus Dei into a personal prelature.
Opus Dei, a movement of over 85,000 members in 60 countries and a personal prelature of Pope John Paul II, says its purpose is to "encourage Christians of all social classes to live consistently with their faith, in the middle of the ordinary circumstances of their lives, especially through the sanctification of their work.

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