from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See episcopate.
- n. A system of church government in which bishops are the chief clerics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Government of the church by bishops.
- n. Bishops collectively; episcopate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Government of the church by bishops; church government by three distinct orders of ministers -- bishops, priests, and deacons -- of whom the bishops have an authority superior and of a different kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government of the church by bishops; that form of church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers—bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
- n. The state of being a bishop; episcopal rank or office.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the collective body of bishops
That the Southern Baptist Convention has in the last few decades morphed into a quasi-episcopacy is only one of the many cruel ironies of the history of populism in this country. bullfighter Says:
I firmly hold, then, and shall hold to my dying breath the belief of the Fathers in the charism of truth, which certainly is, was, and always will be in the succession of the episcopacy from the apostles.
Magnesians, in that edition, calling episcopacy neōterikēn taxin, plainly intimating a comparative novelty in that order to others in the churches, and fearing (as well he might) that his translation of neōterikē taxis into
But the achievement which reflects most credit upon his episcopacy is the restoration of the religious orders.
Christian church a controversy about the name episcopacy, appointed the forementioned orders, bishops and deacons.
The unity of the episcopacy is a source of great strength, while its absence wastes energies, frustrates efforts and gives room for the enemies of the Church to neutralise our witness.
Page 28 church without a bishop, that many of the early preachers realized the importance that an episcopacy which is free from any display of arrogance or unseemly assumption of power, is capable of the best possible results.
I don't know what Dave means by "episcopacy" either, but there's widespread scholarly agreement that the monarchical episcopate wasn't universal early on.
They also claim that in his day their was no hierarchy, no episcopacy, as if that had been necessary, as long as Saint Paul himself was bishop of his communities, together with Titus, Timothy and others, whom one would call auxiliary bishops today.
The disagreement as to whether the original "excommunications" of the bishops of SSPX were valid is for Rome to decide not the episcopacy, not individual priests and not for semi-informed laymen. what needs to happen now is the acrimony, bile and abuse of members of the Society of St. Pius 10th needs to stop now, RIGHT NOW. They need to be re-incardinated asap.
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