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

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The other bishops clearly wanted a less robust exercise of regional primatial authority from Romero, but the line is fine indeed between the noninterference they desired and a kind of diocesan autonomy--or, what may amount to virtually the same, each diocesan bishop's "direct and immediate relationship with the Pope" (see above, n.
Innocent had only confirmed the suffragans and the primatial dignity of Toledo with Sacrosancta romana ecclesia on 4 March 1210, but it is likely that Rodrigo, confident of success, as well as confirming his existing status and his theoretical authority, was also determined to secure his rights to towns and dioceses, which he thought would soon be captured in the campaigns of Alfonso VIH and Prince Ferdinand (82).
If the consularis of Viennensis resided at Vienne until 407, then the bishop of Vienne would have retained primatial rights in the province.
35) Gros's article, "A Primatial Grace for a Baptismal Church," informed readers as to the significance of current developments and their impact on the future exercise of the papal office, both ecumenically and within the Catholic Church, in light of historical and ongoing theological challenges.
Chapter 4 considers the implications of Anselm's primatial theory as it was instantiated in England during the reign of King William Rufus.
To Rodrigo, his city was the urbs regia, the once and future capital of a united Spain, and the primatial see of the entire Peninsula (31).
Brigit's influence gave her church, Kildare, a status second to only one other church, Armagh, and Brigit's successors, both monastic and episcopal, managed to keep Armagh's primatial hopes at bay so effectively that an unknown Armagh writer composed a life in which Saint Patrick, traditional founder of the see, acknowledges that Brigit is supreme in the Kildare area.
At a gala retirement dinner in 1987, at which 3,000 of Canada's elite joined to honour him, the Cardinal addressed his enigmatic role as leader of Canada's principal, though not primatial, see.
From his home close to the Tyrone-Armagh border, McAnallen spent seven years making the short daily trip to the Primatial city, where his footballing skills were nurtured and honed.
Given these facts, about which there is scarcely any serious doubt among even Catholic historians, it is somewhat surprising that the words of Jesus and of the exalted Christ to Peter have been repeatedly applied -- most recently in Pope John Paul II's encyclical on ecumenism, Ut unum sint -- to the bishop of Rome and the pope as the basis of a claim to a divinely ordained primatial power.
The Final Report of ARCIC-I does not invoke the principle of subsidiarity by name, but in its treatment of the need for both conciliar and primatial authority in the Church at every level -- including the universal --and in its vision of the ministry of the Bishop of Rome in maintaining and safeguarding unity and communion between the local churches at the universal level it is surely acknowledging the principle's validity.