Ecclesiastic Jargon

With the death and subsequent funeral for Pope John Paul II, there is a lot of ecclesiastic jargon being thrown about. If you are not Catholic, you might not know what it all means.

ecclesiastic – of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)

see – the official seat, center of authority, jurisdiction, or office of a bishop

pontiff – the head of the Roman Catholic Church

cardinal – a high church official, ranking just below the pope, who has been appointed by a pope to membership in the College of Cardinals

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