Administrator (Catholic Church)

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An administrator (from Latin administrare "to manage") is in Catholic canon law the head of a legally independent church area, a monastery or a specific institution.

Different shapes

  • A diocesan administrator is the interim administrator of a diocese . This is usually an auxiliary bishop or another priest and officiates in the period of a sedis vacancy , i.e. after the resignation or death of the diocesan bishop, until a successor is inaugurated. During his term of office he cannot dispose of anything that has definitive character.
  • The Apostolic Administrator is the head of an Apostolic Administration or of a (temporarily) jurisdiction directly subordinate to the Holy See .
  • A parish administrator is a clergyman appointed temporarily by the bishop or diocesan administrator to lead a parish .
  • An administrator or prior administrator is the interim acting head of a monastic branch of the prelate orders ( Benedictines , Cistercians , Premonstratensians and Augustinian canons ) with the rank of an abbey , if he has not received the abbot ordination , or a priory , if special circumstances suggest this. If he is a designated abbot , he is usually called an abbot administrator. The administrator is elected by the convent chapter for a certain period of time or can also be appointed by the Holy See as a so-called apostolic administrator .
  • Administrator excurrendo - administrator who is not permanently on site at the point he manages.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Kirchenlexikon (diocesan administrator) Retrieved on November 19, 2008
  2. Kirchenlexikon (parish administrator) Retrieved on November 19, 2008