[ UK /ɪpˈɪskəpˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. the collective body of bishops
  2. the office and dignity of a bishop
  3. the term of office of a bishop
  4. the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop
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How To Use episcopate In A Sentence

  • There are three forms of this sacrament, also called sacramental orders, namely diaconate, priesthood and episcopate. they are not, however, three sacraments, but only one sacrament that is separately administered with three successively higher sacramental effects. Latest Articles
  • Does the historic episcopate imply or necessitate a conciliar way of decision-making, rather than an individualistic one?
  • The term emancipation is also applied to the release of a secular ecclesiastic from his diocese, or of a regular from obedience and submission to his former superior, because of election to the episcopate. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy
  • It was the Archbishop of Canterbury's misfortune to have the issue of gay clergy - the nomination of Jeffrey John as Bishop of Reading - 'come up' at the very start of his archiepiscopate. Just Williams
  • If the episcopate * as an office * is the problem then what are we saying?
  • The Church Society rejected any suggestion the episcopate should be open to women, and said their ordination had damaged the Anglican Church.
  • A person is ordained into the historic episcopate, but does not ‘receive’ it.
  • The promulgation of the infallibility of the Pontiff and the universality of his episcopate reinforced this ultramontane dogma at the First Vatican Council.
  • Teilo returned to Wales, and is said to have been elected to the archiepiscopate vacant by the death of St. David, and to have transferred it from Menevia (q.v.) to Llandaff (q.v.); but the more general modern opinion seems to be that in Wales at that epoch the episcopate was not yet diocesan. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon
  • Under the courtly archiepiscopate of Nectarius the clergy of Constantinople became utterly corrupt and utterly worldly; but then, Nectarius was such a good manager — he kept everything so quiet, and he gave such good dinners! Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
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