episcopalism


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episcopalism

(ɪˈpɪskəpəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops

e•pis•co•pal•ism

(ɪˈpɪs kə pəˌlɪz əm)

n.
the theory of church polity according to which the supreme authority is vested in the episcopal order as a whole, and not in any individual.
[1895–1900]

episcopalism

a theory of church polity asserting that supreme ecclesiastical authority belongs to all bishops collectively and not to an individual except by delegation.
See also: Protestantism
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One historian of Catholicism even blames the infamous anti-Catholic nativism of the 1840s and '50s on the new American "episcopalism." (237) The vigorous defense of Church authority gradually took root among postfamine Irish immigrants to America, however, as they connected their faith and national allegiance to resistance against British tyranny.
(97) Probablemente se trate de Paulus Piasecius, Praxis episcopalism, Venetiis, apud Societatem Minimam, 1611.
In our uniting process there is a remarkable and correlating tendency to both synodalism and episcopalism.