Congregation of diocesan right
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A Congregation of diocesan right (or Institute of diocesan right) is a type of religious congregation codified by the laws of the Catholic church, wherein the congregation is under the authority of a particular local bishop, rather than that of the pope. A congregation responsible directly to the pope is a congregation of pontifical right. Most of the major religious orders are congregations of pontifical right.
The major types of religious associations recognized by canon law are:
1. Public Association of the Faithful
2. Institutes of Consecrated Life
- a. Institute of diocesan right
- b. Institute of pontifical right
- Code of Canon law, Canon 589, accessed 18 August 2012.
- Code of Canon law, Associations of the faithful, accessed 18 August 2012.
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