Apostolic See


Apostolic See

An Apostolic See is any episcopal see whose foundation is attributed to one or more of the Apostles. Examples are the Churches in Thessalonica and Corinth and the many others founded by Paul the Apostle, such as the Maltese Church. Other examples are those that became classified as the Pentarchy:
* Rome, in Italy, from the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
* Constantinople, now Istanbul in present-day Turkey, from the Apostle Saint Andrew.
* Alexandria, in present-day Egypt, from Saint Mark the Evangelist, who, although he is not called an apostle in the New Testament, is said to have been one of the Seventy Apostles and to have been commissioned as an apostle when he accompanied Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas in their apostolic journeys.
* Antioch, in present-day Turkey, from the Apostle Saint Peter.
* Jerusalem, in present-day Israel, or Palestine, from the twelve apostles themselves as the original Church and also a successor of the Apostle Saint James.

"The Apostolic See" is used in the singular to refer to the See of Rome, referring to the Pope's status as successor of the Apostle Peter. [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01640c.htm The Apostolic See] in Catholic Encyclopedia; cf. [http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG0017/_P19.HTM Code of Canon Law, canon 361] , [http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG1199/_P1C.HTM Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, canon 48] ]

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  • Apostolic see — Apostolic Ap os*tol ic, Apostolical Ap os*tol ic*al, a. [L. apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.] 1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the apostolic age. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostolic see — See See, n. [OE. se, see, OF. se, sed, sied, fr. L. sedes a seat, or the kindred sedere to sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Siege}.] 1. A seat; a site; a place where sovereign power is exercised. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Jove laughed on Venus from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apostolic see — n. 1. a see, or bishopric, founded by an apostle 2. [A S ] R.C.Ch. the Pope s see, believed to have been founded at Rome by Peter …   English World dictionary

  • apostolic see — noun 1. : a see established by an apostle (as Jerusalem, Antioch, or Rome) 2. usually capitalized A, Roman Catholicism : the Roman see * * * 1. the Church of Rome, traditionally founded by St. Peter. 2. Also called …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apostolic See —    This term (from the Greek apostolos, meaning messenger, and the Latin sedes, meaning seat ) has two meanings: (1) historically, Apostolic See refers to any see that was founded by an apostle, in particular, Rome (founded by Saint Peter and… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Apostolic See — 1. the Church of Rome, traditionally founded by St. Peter. 2. Also called Apostolic Church. a church founded by an apostle. [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • Apostolic See — /ˌæpəstɒlɪk ˈsi/ (say .apuhstolik see) noun the Church of Rome, traditionally founded by St Peter …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Apostolic See, The — • A metaphorical term, used, as happens in all languages, to express the abstract notion of authority by the concrete name of the place in which it is exercised Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia


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