Vicar

Definition of Vicar

Vic´ar   Pronunciation: vĭk´ẽr
n.1.One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy.
2.(Eng. Eccl. Law) The incumbent of an appropriated benefice.
Apostolic vicar
a - (R. C. Ch.) A bishop to whom the Roman pontiff delegates a portion of his jurisdiction.
b - Any ecclesiastic acting under a papal brief, commissioned to exercise episcopal authority.
c - A titular bishop in a country where there is no episcopal see, or where the succession has been interrupted.
Vicar forane
(R. C. Ch.) A dignitary or parish priest appointed by a bishop to exercise a limited jurisdiction in a particular town or district of a diocese.
Vicar-general
a - (Ch. of Eng.) The deputy of the Archbishop of Canterbury or York, in whose court the bishops of the province are confirmed.
- Addis & Arnold.
b - (R. C. Ch.) An assistant to a bishop in the discharge of his official functions.
- Encyc. Brit.
Vicar of Jesus Christ
(R. C. Ch.) the pope as representing Christ on earth.

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