Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That theory of the constitution of the Catholic Church according to which the pope is the chief bishop, but only primus inter pares, or first among equals, who can exercise no legislative power in ecclesiastical matters except with the consent of the bishops as representatives of the entire church.

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Examples

  • *Anti-episcopalism : the rejection of bishops, and the espousal of an ecclesiatical polity that excludes their sacred ministry.

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