Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

ABBOT

Superior of a monastery of monks having a settled location; a title definitely fixed by St. Benedict. The abbot is elected, usually for life, by the professed members of the community in a secret ballot. The authority of an abbot is, first, paternal, administering the property of the abbey and maintaining discipline in the observance of rule, and, second, is quasi-episcopal in conferring a certain territorial jurisdiction. The rule of the order determines the qualifications of its abbot. His insignia are the pectoral cross and a ring. (Etym. Aramaic abba, father.)

See Also: ABBESS

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

1 posted on 10/23/2012 8:06:17 AM PDT by Salvation
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies ]


To: JRandomFreeper; Allegra; BlackVeil; Straight Vermonter; Cronos; SumProVita; AnAmericanMother; ...

Catholic Word of the Day Ping!

 

Alumbrados

Motive

Light

Arca

Altotting (shrine)

Agony in the Garden

Canterbury Cathedral

Spiritual Father

Nihil ex Nihilo

Abbess

 

 

 

 

 

If you aren’t on this Catholic Word of the Day Ping list and would like to be, please send me a FReepmail.


2 posted on 10/23/2012 8:09:07 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson