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An apostolic administrator in the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
is a prelate appointed by the Pope
Pope
to serve as the ordinary for an apostolic administration. An apostolic administration can either be an area that is not yet a diocese (a stable 'pre-diocesan', usually missionary apostolic administration) or for a diocese, eparchy or similar permanent ordinariate (such a territorial prelature or a territorial abbacy) that either has no bishop (an apostolic administrator sede vacante, as after an episcopal death or resignation) or, in very rare cases, has an incapacitated bishop (apostolic administrator sede plena).

Contents

1 Characteristics 2 Apostolic administrations

2.1 Diocese
Diocese
of Pyongyang

3 Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney 4 Temporary administration of vacant sees 5 Former Apostolic Administrations

5.1 Latin in Europe 5.2 Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
in Europe 5.3 Latin Overseas

6 See also 7 Notes and references 8 Sources and external links

Characteristics[edit] Apostolic administrators of stable administrations are equivalent in canon law with diocesan bishops, meaning they have essentially the same authority as a diocesan bishop. This type of apostolic administrator is usually the bishop of a titular see. Administrators sede vacante or sede plena only serve in their role until a newly chosen diocesan bishop takes possession of the diocese. They are restricted by canon law in what they can do to the diocese they temporarily administer. For example, such an administrator may not sell real estate owned by the diocese. This type of administrator is commonly an auxiliary bishop of the diocese, a priest serving as the vicar general of the diocese, or the ordinary of a neighboring diocese. Normally when a diocese falls vacant, either the previously appointed Coadjutor bishop
Coadjutor bishop
takes possession of the see or (lacking such successor) a vicar capitular/diocesan administrator is chosen locally, but the Pope, having full governmental power, can preempt this choice and name an apostolic administrator instead. Sometimes a retiring, promoted or transferred (arch)bishop is designated to be apostolic administrator until his successor is designated and takes office, sometimes the Metropolitan or a fellow suffragan is appointed. Apostolic administrations[edit] In May 2015, there were the following stable apostolic administrations, most administered by a (titular or external) bishop.[1] Most are of the Roman rite; most are in former or current communist countries.

Apostolic Administration of Atyrau, in Kazakhstan, suffragan of the Metropolitan Archbishopric of Astana[2][3] Apostolic Administration of the Caucasus, immediately subject to the Holy See, established in 1991 for two predominantly Orthodox former Soviet Republics: Georgia (the cathedral is in its capital Tbilisi) and Armenia Apostolic Administration of Estonia, one of the Baltic Countries; immediately subject to Rome, established in 1924, with its cathedral in the capital Tallinn Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Islamic former Soviet Republic in Central Asia; immediately subject to Rome, founded in 1997 as a mission sui juris and promoted in 2006 Apostolic Administration of Prizren, a former diocese (and later titular bishopric) in Kosovo
Kosovo
(ex-Yugoslavian autonomous province in Serbia) (in 1969 absorbed by Skopje
Skopje
in the present Republic of Macedonia), restored in 2000, immediately subject to Rome Apostolic Administration of Uzbekistan, predominantly Islamic former Soviet Republic in Central Asia, immediately subject to Rome, founded in 1997 as a mission sui juris and promoted in 2005 Apostolic Administration of Harbin in the People's Republic of China, immediately subject to Rome, established in 1935, with a cathedral, with two incumbents, a bishop without papal mandate since 2012 and a papal nominee since 2011. Kinma ( Kinmen
Kinmen
and Matsu, under the control of Taiwan), established in 1968, led by the Archbishop of Taipei.[citation needed]

The only exception, belonging to a Uniate, Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
rite, is the following :

Apostolic Administration of Southern Albania, with cathedral see at Vlorë
Vlorë
(established in 1939; suffragan of the Metropolitan of Tirana–Durrës), of the Albanian Greek Catholic Church, which has its own Byzantine rite
Byzantine rite
in Albanian language.

Diocese
Diocese
of Pyongyang[edit] The Diocese
Diocese
of Pyongyang, North Korea: its last official bishop, Francis Hong Yong-ho, was imprisoned by the communist regime of Kim Il-sung in 1949 and later disappeared. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Seoul (South Korea) acts as the Apostolic Administrator
Apostolic Administrator
in Pyongyang, as religion is suppressed in North Korea. Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney[edit] In addition, the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney is a non-territorial jurisdiction, similar to a personal prelature, which is exempt, i.e. immediately subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province. It is a separate particular church for traditionalist Catholics within the Brazilian Diocese
Diocese
of Campos, a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Niterói. The personal apostolic administration was formed by Pope
Pope
John Paul II to administer to a group of traditionalist Catholic priests, using the Tridentine Mass, who reconciled with Rome on January 18, 2002. The group had been formed by bishop Antônio de Castro Mayer
Antônio de Castro Mayer
and had been associated with the Society of St. Pius X
Society of St. Pius X
of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.[4][5][6] Temporary administration of vacant sees[edit] It has become not unusual that the Pope
Pope
appoints an Apostolic Administrator to a diocese which is sede vacante, thus replacing the diocesan administrator. Usually, the emeritus bishop will be appointed in such a case. Recently (and in exception to the latter), the archdiocese St. Andrews and Edinburgh had Philip Tartaglia
Philip Tartaglia
under this procedure. Former Apostolic Administrations[edit]

(incomplete?)

Latin in Europe[edit]

Apostolic Administration of Český Těšín (Czech Republic) Apostolic Administration of Eastern Siberia
Apostolic Administration of Eastern Siberia
(Russia) Apostolic Administration of Eupen–Malmedy–Sankt Vith
Apostolic Administration of Eupen–Malmedy–Sankt Vith
(Belgium; promoted Diocese
Diocese
of Eupen–Malmedy, later suppressed into Liège diocese) Apostolic Administration of European Russia Apostolic Administration of Görlitz
Apostolic Administration of Görlitz
(Germany; promoted Diocese) Apostolic Administration of Haarlem
Apostolic Administration of Haarlem
(Netherlands; promoted Diocese, renamed Haarlem–Amsterdam) Apostolic Administration of Lubaczów
Apostolic Administration of Lubaczów
(promoted and renamed diocese of Zamość-Lubaczów, Poland) Apostolic Administration of Moldova (Moldavia; now diocese of Chisinau) Apostolic Administration of Northern European Russia Apostolic Administration of Novosibirsk
Apostolic Administration of Novosibirsk
(Russia) Apostolic administration
Apostolic administration
of Schwerin (partitioned Germany, merged into Hamburg archbishopric) Apostolic Administration of Southern European Russia Apostolic Administration of Trnava
Apostolic Administration of Trnava
(Slovakia; promoted Archdiocese, lost Metropolitan status when restored after merger into Bratislava) Apostolic Administration of Tütz
Apostolic Administration of Tütz
(then Germany, see moved to Schneidemühl (now Piła), elevated to Territorial Prelature, dissolved, now in Poland) Apostolic Administration of Upper Silesia
Apostolic Administration of Upper Silesia
(Poland; now Archdiocese of Katowice) Apostolic Administration of Western Siberia
Apostolic Administration of Western Siberia
(Russia) Apostolic Administration of West Vlaanderen
Apostolic Administration of West Vlaanderen
(West Flanders province in Belgium; promoted diocese and renamed Brugge (Bruges) after its see) Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Bačka
Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Bačka
(Serbia; now Diocese
Diocese
of Subotica) Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Banat
Apostolic Administration of Yugoslav Banat
(Serbia; now Diocese
Diocese
of Zrenjanin)

Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
in Europe[edit]

Apostolic Administration of Lemkowszczyzna
Apostolic Administration of Lemkowszczyzna
(Poland; Ukrainian Catholic, promoted Apostolic Exarchate, suppressed) Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Administration of Bosnia-Hercegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Byzantine Rite; suppressed) Ruthenian Catholic Apostolic Administration of Targul-Siret (Romania, Byzantine Rite; suppressed)

Latin Overseas[edit]

In Asia

Apostolic Administration of Almaty
Apostolic Administration of Almaty
(Kazachstan; promoted Diocese) Apostolic Administration of Astana
Apostolic Administration of Astana
(Kazachstan; promoted Archdiocese) Apostolic Administration of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
(promoted Diocese
Diocese
and renamed Karaganda after its see) Apostolic Administration of Latakia (Maronite, Syria; now an Eparchy: Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
Diocese) Apostolic Administration of Okinawa and the Southern Islands, alias Ryukyus (Japan; now Diocese
Diocese
of Naha)

In America

Apostolic Administration of Copiapó
Apostolic Administration of Copiapó
(Chile; now a diocese) Apostolic Administration of El Petén (Guatemala; promoted Apostolic Vicariate) Apostolic Administration of Izabal
Apostolic Administration of Izabal
(Guatemala; now a diocese) Apostolic Administration of Rio Branco (Brazil; promoted Territorial Prelature, renamed and again promoted Diocese
Diocese
of Roraima)

In Africa

Apostolic Administration of the Comoros Archipelago (Comoros; now Apostolic Vicariate
Apostolic Vicariate
of the Comoros Archipelago) Apostolic Administration of Mbuji-Mayi (now Diocese
Diocese
of Mbujimayi, in Congo) Apostolic Administration of Zanzibar and Pemba
Apostolic Administration of Zanzibar and Pemba
(now Diocese
Diocese
of Zanzibar, in Tanzania)

See also[edit]

Catholicism portal

List of Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) List of Catholic dioceses (structured view) List of Roman Catholic archdioceses List of Military Ordinariates and/or Catholic military (arch)bishoprics List of Catholic apostolic vicariates List of Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
(Apostolic, Patriarchal and other) Exarchates List of Apostolic Prefectures List of Territorial Prelatures List of Catholic Missions sui juris Reorganization of occupied dioceses during World War II

Notes and references[edit]

^ Apostolic Administrations GCatholic.org. Accessed 2014-07-11. ^ http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2015/05/16/0373/00816.html ^ http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http%3A%2F%2Fpress.vatican.va%2Fcontent%2Fsalastampa%2Fen%2Fbollettino%2Fpubblico%2F2015%2F05%2F16%2F0373%2F00816.html ^ Personal Apostolic Administrations GGatholic.com. Accessed 2008-04-10. ^ Traditionalist schism in Brazil ends Archived October 14, 2004, at the Wayback Machine. (January 18, 2002). Zenit News Agency. Accessed 2008-04-10. ^ Apostolic Administration of São João Maria Vianney Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Accessed 2008-04-10.

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