Spiritual peers

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the bishops and archibishops, or lords spiritual, who sit in the House of Lords.

See also: Peer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Kelly, a cumulative index to the persons, places, speeches and topics covered in the three volumes, and a "Dramatis personae: active temporal and spiritual peers" for each volume.
Bishops (and in medieval times other spiritual peers) were always peers while they held the relevant office and neither hereditary nor for life.
I repeat that we are not exclusive; we would welcome a more broadly representative spread of spiritual peers through the creation of appropriate life peers and indeed of more peers from other faiths.