(in the Roman Catholic Church) a license granted by the Pope authorizing an act that the common law of the Church does not sanction.
- ‘In 1487, eager to appease France, Pope Innocent VIII granted James III an ‘indult’, giving him the right to prefer to Scottish livings and higher Church posts.’
- ‘This is a concrete gesture in the Pope's own diocese, which reinforces what the Holy Father called for in the 1984 indult and in his 1988 letter Ecclesia Dei Adflicta.’
- ‘There has been much talk about an impending ‘general indult’ allowing priests worldwide to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.’
Late 15th century from French, from late Latin indultum ‘grant, concession’, neuter past participle of Latin indulgere ‘indulge’.