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ex cathedra

With the authority that comes with one's position. This phrase is often used in reference to papal decrees deemed infallible. It is Latin for "from the chair," and can be used as both an adjective and an adverb. This is an ex cathedra statement from the pope, and the Catholic Church must abide by it. The CEO was speaking ex cathedra when he made this announcement, so we need to change our approach immediately.
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ex cathedra

With authority like that of the Pope. The expression, Latin words meaning “from the chair,” literally refers to the doctrine of papal infallibility, whereby the Pope, in statements on faith and morals, cannot be wrong. It began to be used figuratively in the early nineteenth century. “He was a great lover of form, more especially when he could dictate it ex cathedra” (Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy, 1818).
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Judging the contest were the owls from Ex-Cathedra Junior Academy of Vocal Music.
The well-rounded score from distinguished Welsh composer Mervyn Burtch produced a lively performance from the WNO Orchestra conducted by Ex-Cathedra's Jeffrey Skidmore while Simon Rees's words held the interest from beginning to end.
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A brochure containing full details of Ex Cathedra's 2006-7 season is available now at various venues and information points, or visit ex-cathedra.org
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It mattered not that John Joubert's Advent motets Rorate Coeli were unseasonally programmed, as Ex-Cathedra, directed by Jeffrey Skidmore, communicated the work with customary excellence.
Based on par aphrased, profane poetry, the work has lost none of its bucolic attractions, and soloists, choir with Birmingham Schools' Choral, yet again enhanced the high reputation of Ex-Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore in this lively performance.
Saturday's double bill - Verdi's Requiem and Ex-Cathedra a cappella - was an inspired concept: one and a half hours of searing emotion followed by 40 minutes of soothing balm.