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  • n. Plural form of cathedra.


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  • According to the "Caeremoniale episcoporum" the throne is to be made in modum cathedrae et throni immobilis (in the fashion of an immovable chair or throne) such as is still to be seen in many old churches.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • The form and decoration of the most ancient of episcopal cathedrae were borrowed from paganism; one side of the chair of St. Hippolytus, however, is engraved with the saint's computation of the paschal cycle from the year 222 to 334.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The earliest use of the word in this sense occurs in Tertullian, who speaks (De praescriptione, XXXVI) of "cathedrae Apostolorum" in allusion to Apostolic succession in episcopal sees.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • In the councils and ecclesiastical writings of the early Middle Ages such expressions as "cathedrae viduatae", "cathedrae principales", "cathedrae matrices" have a similar signification.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • The two most famous ancient cathedrae still preserved are the chair of Maximianus mentioned above, and the chair of St. Peter.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • It is right for the village violinist to climb into fame in Paris or Vienna; it is right for the stray Englishman to climb across the high shoulder of the world; it is right for the woman to climb into whatever cathedrae or high places she can allow to her sexual dignity.

    A Miscellany of Men

  • Sed tamen cum dico Basilium in puniendis labiorum peccatis leniorem esse, non quodlibet turpium sermonum genus, non immunda colloquia (quomodo enim presbyteris hoc vitio pollutis honorem cathedrae reliquisset?), sed ejusmodi intelligenda est peccandi voluntas, quae foras quidem aliquo sermone prodit, sed tamen quominus in actum erumpat, subeunte meliori cogitatione, reprimitur.

    NPNF2-08. Basil: Letters and Select Works

  • "principalis cathedrae"; the term for the official seat of the bishop is thus employed for the bishop's church.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux


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