from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The office and jurisdiction of a pope.
- n. The period of time during which a pope is in office.
- n. A succession or line of popes: the Medici papacy.
- n. Roman Catholic Church The system of church government headed by the pope.
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- n. The office of the pope.
- n. The period of a particular pope's reign.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office and dignity of the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction.
- n. The popes, collectively; the succession of popes.
- n. The Roman Catholic religion; -- commonly used by the opponents of the Roman Catholics in disparagement or in an opprobrious sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office, dignity, and authority of the Pope or Bishop of Rome; the papal; jurisdiction; the ecclesiastical organization subject to the Pope.
- n. The succession or line of popes, with its ecclesiastical and political traditions.
- n. That system of ecclesiastical government which recognizes and is based upon the apostolic primacy and supreme authority of the Pope or Bishop of Rome over the church universal; the Church of Rome; the Roman Catholic Church.
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- n. the government of the Roman Catholic Church
Unfortunately, Pope Benedict's papacy is already shaping up as a series of such disasters.
Q: If Joan's papacy is so well documented, why is the subject so controversial?
His papacy is likely to continue to deal with that rift and other such divisions in global society.
One of the chief goals of Benedict's papacy is to battle trends toward an increasingly secular society, particularly in western Europe.
So will the questions of whether the papacy is to pass from Europe (now seen as a pagan place that needs to be converted all over again) and whether the Italian cardinals or the German ones will hold sway in the conclave.
As it sets in motion the election of the next Pope, it serves as a reminder that the papacy is not passed on but taken up afresh — that it is recast by each man who occupies the office, and that the process by which a new Pope is chosen is something other than a simple succession.
The papacy is a false anticipation of the kingdom during the Church-historical period.
The papacy is NOT 'infallible'crows a poster on the Democratic Underground site), you might logically fixate on Benedict's admission that matters weren't handled well.
A bride from the most noble family near the papacy is the next step for you.
However, I would point to Hooker first - he clearly dissents from any view that the papacy is the anti-Christ.