Indult: Temporary favor granted by the Holy See to bishops to permit them to do something not otherwise allowed. This does not mean that the Pope can give permission for something evil, but rather that he can dispense with certain aspects of the Church's law or liturgical practices. For those unaware, the reference to the "Holy See" is a reference to the authority of the Pope. In Catholicism, the bishops are invested by Christ Himself with authority to shepherd the Church. The Pope, or Holy Father, is the chief shepherd and all other bishops must be in communion with Him. For a good explanation of this relationship, see the Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church (Christus Dominus).