An authorization granted by the pope, allowing a bishop or diocese to deviate from canon law in some particular.
A privilege or special permission granted by the pope to bishops and others to do something otherwise prohibited by the general law of the Church.
Origin of indult
- Middle English from Medieval Latin indultum from Late Latin concession, gift from Latin indultum neuter past participle of indulgēre to be kind
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition