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PRIMATE, eccl. law.. An archbishop who has jurisdiction over one or several other metropolitans.

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The objection of the Protestant churches similarly relates to the close identification between obedience in faith to God and ecclesial obedience to an ultimately infallible doctrinal office in a primatial and Rome-centred system of faith and church.
95) During that period, the needs of the Churches came to be seen in terms of the needs of the Church, which in turn were seen in reference to the papacy's struggle to assert its claims to primatial authority, first within and then over Christendom.
Four primatial members of the standing committee are full members of the ACC.
Geoffrey Wainwright, "A Primatial Ministry of Unity in a Synodical and Conciliar Context," pp.
Three or so years earlier, the artist had settled in that primatial see of Spain, having failed to win favor first in Italy and then at the court of Philip II in Madrid.
It needs to look at proposed changes in church governance and structure, the church's strategic plan for the next triennium, and the report of the primatial task force.
regarding the reason for Cyprian's revision (in chapter four of the De ecclesiae catholicae unitate) of the so-called "Primacy Text" to the "Received Text" (the former containing what seems to support a more primatial role for the Roman bishop, the latter text more reserved in associating "primatus" with the pope).
Can the steps toward ecclesial oversight proposed locally truly be taken by the Roman Catholic Church, whose churches are wedded to each other and to the primatial church of Rome in a hierarchical communion that sustains a fundamental structure of a church "catholic," that is literally/geographically global and universal?
The text claims that "forms of primacy exist in both churches" -- thus Anglican provinces have a primate, there is a primates' meeting that serves the whole Anglican Communion, and the archbishop of Canterbury has a primatial role within the Anglican Communion.
Four more Canadian congregations have voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada and to be under the episcopal oversight of Bishop Donald Harvey, moderator of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC), and under the primatial authority of Archbishop Gregory Venables, primate of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
Calling a council was a primatial act of pastoral governance of the whole church by (benevolent) fiat in service of the truth of the gospel, renewal in the church, and freedom in Catholics to live their faith more fully in a changed world that the Word of God continued to address.
no authority unless united with the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, as its head, whose primatial authority, let it be added, over all, whether pastors or faithful, remains in its integrity.