from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the Roman curia: as, “curial festivals,”
  • Pertaining or relating to the Papal Curia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the papal curia.

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  • adjective obsolete Pertaining to a court; courtly.
  • adjective Pertaining to the papal curia.


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From Middle French curial, from Latin curialis.


  • Further, while it is yet happening more slowly, the matter has also begun to penetrate certain curial circles.

    Reform in Continuity: Re-approaching the Second Vatican Council

  • As a curial is a gentleman and a government magistrate, the punishment is just enough; but why should Cassiodorus (certainly not King Dietrich) finish a short letter by a long dissertation on volcanoes in general, and Stromboli in particular, insisting on the wonder that the rocks, though continually burnt, are continually renewed by 'the inextricable potency of nature;' and only returning to Jovinus to inform him that he will henceforth follow the example of a salamander, which always lives in fire, 'being so contracted by natural cold, that it is tempered by burning flame.

    Roman and the Teuton

  • With regards to the "curial" and "inhumane" treatment of animals, we consume and indeed wear many other products from animals that have seen more suffering then these "furry" and indeed

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  • And the intgeration would also bring a number of curial officials experienced in the questions of the usus antiquior into the CDW, where still many officials have very little knowledge of it and are sometimes completely unaware of its content and rubrics.

    Rumor Watch: Ecclesia Dei to Become Part of CDW?

  • It makes sense that the curial authority charged with the Sacred Liturgy should have competence over both forms of the Roman Rite, not only because, once again, the Extraordinary Form is a living and regular part of the Sacred Liturgy, and not some isolated special interest concern, but also because, as we have seen, there are many questions which concern both forms, and where a seperate treatment of the same question can cause frictions.

    Rumor Watch: Ecclesia Dei to Become Part of CDW?

  • In his frank comments to reporters aboard the plane en route to his visit to Portugal, he seemed to rebut Vatican curial officials who have sought to portray the crisis as somehow generated from the outside.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Sin Inside the Church

  • The institution of the church -- and here I mean the hierarchy -- particularly in its historic desire to shield itself from any and all critique by "outsiders," and its deep-seated desire to avoid "scandal," as well as the tendency of some curial officials to blame the church, made the problem of sexual abuse, which is probably just as rampant in other groups, infinitely worse.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Sin Inside the Church

  • When the pope's authority is then intentionally extended to the Vatican curia, there exists a real possibility that unquestioning obedience to very human decisions about a whole range of issues by the curial departments and cardinals also becomes a mark of one's fidelity as a Catholic, and anything less is interpreted as being disloyal to the pope who is charged with steering the bark of Peter.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: A Fear-Based Church?: Why So Many Catholics Are Afraid to Speak Out

  • Story after story, not simply of abusive priests but of mendacious bishops, intransigent superiors of religious orders, and venal curial officials, seems to pour out daily.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Sin Inside the Church

  • NCR's indefatigable Rome correspondent, in that same Times story, agrees that the pope is responding to curial officials who sought to deflect attention away from the true nature of the crisis.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Sin Inside the Church


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