ecclesiarchy

ecclesiarchy

the control of government by clerics. Also called hierocracy. — ecclesiarch. n.
See also: Catholicism
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whose authoritie likewise is such, as if any resist, they shall by the Provost Martiall bee punished as Rebells, of what calling or degree soever they bee"--whether (in church-militant terms) popes or humble "persoun[s] of a toun." Gospel-truth out-trumps the authority of ecclesiarchy and tradition; which would have reinforced Miller's point about a Protestant "newe musicke" and the canceling of "papal primacy."