Code of Canon Law
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CHAPTER II. Metropolitans
Can.435 A metropolitan, who is the archbishop of his diocese, presides offer an ecclesiastical province. The office
of metropolitan is joined with an episcopal see determined or approved by the Roman Pontiff.
Can.436 §1. In the suffragan dioceses, a metropolitan is competent:
1/ to exercise vigilance so that the faith and ecclesiastical discipline are observed carefully and to inform the
Roman Pontiff of abuses, if there are any;
2/ to conduct a canonical visitation for a cause previously approved by the Apostolic See if a suffragan has
3/ to designate a diocesan administrator according to the norm of cann. 421, §2, and 425, §3.
§2. Where circumstances demand it, the Apostolic See can endow a metropolitan with special functions and
power to be determined in particular law.
§3. The metropolitan has no other power of governance in the suffragan dioceses. He can perform sacred
functions, however, as if he were a bishop in his own diocese in all churches, but he is first to inform the diocesan
bishop if the church is the cathedral.
Can.437 §1. Within three months from the reception of episcopal consecration or if he has already been
consecrated, from the canonical provision, a metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium from the Roman Pontiff
either personally or through a proxy. The pallium signifies the power which the metropolitan, in communion with
the Roman Church, has by law in his own province.
§2. A metropolitan can use the pallium according to the norm of liturgical laws within any church of the
ecclesiastical province offer which he presides, but not outside it, even if the diocesan bishop gives his assent.
§3. A metropolitan needs a new pallium if he is transferred to another metropolitan see.
Can.438 The titles of patriarch and primate entail no power of governance in the Latin Church apart from a
prerogative of honor unless in some matters the contrary is clear from apostolic privilege or approved custom.