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- adj. Of or pertaining to a primate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Primatical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a primate. Also primatical.
- Of or pertaining to the mammalian order Primates.
In Lyons it is known as the primatial church, in reference to the special dignity of the archbishop.
We appreciate the historic place of the Archbishop of Canterbury as a symbol of unity, while affirming that his juridical authority is restricted to that primatial See.
But once again, the ecumenical issue for those outside the Roman Catholic fold is whether the necessity of the existing form of primatial ministry is so theologically crucial a matter that the Church's integrity, its faithfulness to its essential purpose, is wholly compromised by a diversity of understanding about primacy.
The underlying idea seems to be that a restored universal communion would be genuinely a 'community of communities' and a 'communion of communions' – not necessarily a single juridically united body – and therefore one which did indeed assume that, while there was a recognition of a primatial ministry, this was not absolutely bound to a view of primacy as a centralized juridical office.
Soon after the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, the primatial role of the Church of Rome is in fact recognized in the entire Catholic community, a role already recognized in the Second Century by Saint Ignatius of Antioch Ad Rom., Pref.
While bishops do enjoy an autonomous and not merely vicarial authority coming directly from the Apostles, it can only be excercised together with the primatial papal authority from St. Peter.
ARMAGH: Extraordinary Form Mass has occurred on a few occasions in the primatial see in the past two years - in Cookestown, Co Tyrone; in Clohogue Church outside Newry,Co Armagh; and in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.
By what authority are Primates deemed acceptable or unacceptable members of any new primatial council?
And any claim to be free to operate across provincial boundaries is fraught with difficulties, both theological and practical – theological because of our historic commitments to mutual recognition of ministries in the Communion, practical because of the obvious strain of responsibly exercising episcopal or primatial authority across enormous geographical and cultural divides.
And a primatial initiative in challenging or seeking to limit local development on these grounds becomes intelligible as part of the service of the 'mother church' to the local – not ignoring or making light of local pressures and needs, but reminding the local assembly and its chief pastor that it must not lose its recognisability or receivability to other communities – across the globe and throughout history.
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