commendatory abbot


The title originally given to a provisional administrator of a vacant abbey (held in commendam, i.e., in trust); later given for life with a claim to abbatial revenues and some degree of jurisdiction, if held by an ecclesiastic. It was ultimately abolished almost entirely, owing to serious abuses.

MLA Citation

  • “commendatory abbot”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 September 2009. Web. 18 September 2021. <>