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EPISCOPACY, eccl. law. A form of government by diocesan bishops; the office or condition of a bishop.

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The bishops objected to Worley's episcopacy under the sixth, that the bishop-elect "teaches or holds or within five years previously taught or held anything contrary to the Doctrine or Discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Bishops were required to be different things, to be victims, champions and defenders, as well as apostolic and contemporary, and the history of the first one and a half centuries of reformed English episcopacy suggests nothing so much as dogged survival in the pursuit of an intensely desired identity.
Although the editors are art historians and the volume boasts both coloured and black and white illustrations, the studies are not confined to visual images of episcopacy.
The Kikuyu proposals did not specifically address episcopacy, but it was certainly not eliminated by them.
The book opens with a general overview of the politics of religion from the break with Rome through to James l's reign, and proceeds chronologically with chapters on the debates on ecclesiology in England in the 1630s, Scotland and the Covenants 1636-40, the English Canons of 1640, and Parliament and reform in 1641, before concluding with case studies on the Cheshire champion of episcopacy, Thomas Aston, and the parliamentarian propagandist, Henry Parker.
A similar vote in the Church in Wales in 2008 also threw out proposals New Justin to ordain women into the episcopacy.
Throughout his episcopacy, Bishop Danylak worked tirelessly to shore up the foundations of the Catholic Church in order to promote a culture of life in Canada.
The original part of this collection dates from perhaps as early as 1225, when Grosseteste may have been lecturing in the secular schools at Oxford, to 1246, the eleventh year of his episcopacy.
The historiography of Puritanism in the later nineteenth century and the early twentieth gave considerable attention to questions of church polity, partly in quest of denominational origins, and partly (especially in the United States) to parse the distinctions and significances of separatist and non-separatist among those who rejected the episcopacy of the Church of England and came to New England.
The resulting imbalance then governed Catholic understanding of its ecclesiology, an imbalance that was not taken up until Vatican Council I as it began the process of bringing some precision to its ecclesiology, and then Vatican II in its attempts to restore the balance among episcopacy, primacy, and collegiality.
And while he supported the notion of a bishop in the Kirklees and Calderdale area and thought this should have been done earlier, he also agreed there was insufficient theological analysis in the report on the nature of Episcopacy.
The Milton of the anti-prelatical tracts would readily agree that St Peter was "the founder of the episcopacy," but it does not follow that Laudian prelates belong to the episcopacy that Peter founded.