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n. pl. e·pis·co·pa·cies
2. A system of church government in which bishops are the chief clerics.

[From episcopate.]


n, pl -cies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) government of a Church by bishops
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for episcopate


(ɪˈpɪs kə pə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. government of the church by bishops.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.episcopacy - the collective body of bishops
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"


[ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ] Nepiscopado m


n (Eccl) → Episkopat nt; the episcopacydas Episkopat, die Gesamtheit der Bischöfe
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There is an old boys' network of current bishops that tends to act as a self-preservation dynasty by promoting their proteges and friends to the episcopacy Cardinals, especially those who are members of the Congregation for Bishops, are fundamental in pushing forward a candidate, especially for promotion to major posts.
Clarke said that it "has been a busy episcopacy with many challenges of stabilizing finances, leadership, ministry, theological issues and challenges of buildings, whilst continuing to do God's mission and ministry as we see it in our area of God's world.
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This chapter, then, considers both doctrinal differences (the efficacy of sermons versus sacraments, tensions between episcopacy and laity) and religious, or quasi-religious, political confrontations: Elizabeths conflict with Archbishop Grindal over "prophesying"; Pope Pius Vs excommunication of Elizabeth; Mary Queen of Scots' Catholic claim to the succession; Alencon's courtship of Elizabeth framed by the French wars of religion; the Jesuit mission to England; the Spanish threat, including the Dutch Revolt, the Armada, and the earl of Essex's preemptive strikes against Spain and subsequent fall; and the continuity into James I's reign of attitudes associated with these events, beginning with the Hampton Court Conference and culminating in the Gunpowder Plot.
Archbishop Welby told reporters: "It has taken a very, very long time and the way is now open to select people for the episcopacy, to nominate them on the basis simply of our sense that they are called by God to be in that position without qualification as to their gender.
The 150 years he considers witnessed the emergence and consolidation of the Anglican episcopate, its participation in political events, and significant challenges to the episcopacy over many decades.
In the beginning there were critical voices in the episcopacy, such as those of Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens (Brussels), Cardinal Giacomo Lecaro (Bologna), and the Canadian and Dutch bishops, but they soon went silent because they found no support from the rest of the episcopacy, especially from the German and French.
Those proposals contained no insistence on the episcopacy or on the need for a priest to conduct Holy Communion, no mention of confirmation or absolution, which he termed sacraments, or of the Athanasian Creed specifically.
Moreover, competing positions in the debate over the ritual and governance of church could evolve over time and be recast ideologically in the face of altered circumstances: in short, how one defended episcopacy in 1641, after Archbishop Laud had been dispatched to the Tower, might be different from how one did so during the Laudian ascendancy of the 1630s.
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I can believe all sorts of things, but I simply cannot believe that a man can rise through the Church to the episcopacy while an active homosexual and be part of a long-term homosexual relationship while a bishop, and his perversion and sheer contempt for Church teaching and local Catholics not be known by some of those around him.
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