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

n., pl. -cies.
1. government of the church by bishops.
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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"
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[ɪˈpɪskəpəsɪ] Nepiscopado m
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n (Eccl) → Episkopat nt; the episcopacydas Episkopat, die Gesamtheit der Bischöfe
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They are minded, also, to establish the idolatrous forms of English Episcopacy; so that, when Laud shall kiss the Pope's toe, as cardinal of Rome, he may deliver New England, bound hand and foot, into the power of his master!
Over the seventeenth century in rural Grenoble, a reformed Catholic episcopacy emerged as the greatest opponent of elite efforts at cultural hegemony.
King called himself 'an adventurer in the middle way' and Dr Hobbs effectively uses his practical divinity and moderate episcopacy to challenge the predominantly Laudian impression of seventeenth-century ~Anglicanism' given by P.
In fact Knox was more emphatically Protestant than Pressbyterian, turning down the bishopric of Rochester not because he thought episcopacy unscriptural but because he rightly suspected the Protector Northumberland's intentions; and it was after his death that another Scot of very European outlook, Andrew Melville, gave the Kirk a real Presbyterian framework.
The moves are not a sign that the episcopacy suddenly became aware of how utterly corrupt its culture had become.
Solis, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and the first ethnic Filipino to be elevated to the US episcopacy, as principal celebrant.
In a communique released October 26, the bishops said this meeting would "pay particular attention to the theology of marriage, the nature of episcopacy, and the synod's legislative process" and "wrestle with how to honour our roles as guardians of the Church's faith and discipline and signs of unity both locally and universally."
Referring to threats that people would leave the Church, he said: "I, for one, do not intend to preside over the abolition of diocesan episcopacy and the parochial system.
It has emerged from the decades-long, reconciling discussions of the French Groupe des Dombes, an independent, disciplined, committed, and solid group of Protestant and Catholic scholars who have previously worked on topics such as conversion, episcopacy, and the papacy.
Attacks against bishops culminated in the abolition of episcopal government by the Long Parliament in the 1640s, leaving episcopacy in abeyance until the Restoration of 1660.
Among those members of the episcopacy who have rebuked Pelosi for her misrepresentation of Church teaching are Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl; Cardinals Edward Egan (N.Y.) and Justin Rigali (Philadelphia), chairman of the U.S.
Although not succinctly stated in any one place, Giandrea's driving thesis seems to be that the late Anglo-Saxon episcopacy has not received its due-and that for a number of reasons, among the chief of which is this: modem historians like Frank Barlow, Henry Loyn, and Emma Mason have accepted too uncritically later Anglo-Norman depictions of the later Anglo-Saxon bishops.