Catholic Dictionary


1. The priest chosen to assist the bishop or to substitute for him in the performance of priestly tasks. 2. The superior over secular priests; this usage dates from the sixteenth century in England. 3. The priest who assists a newly ordained priest at his Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving, or the priest, dressed in cope, who attends to the prelate at a Pontifical Mass.

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