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BISHOP. An ecclesiastical officer, who is the chief of the clergy of his diocese, and is the archbishop's assistant. Happily for this country, these officers are not recognized by law. They derive all their authority from the churches over which they preside. Bishop's COURT, Eng. law. An ecclesiastical court held in the cathedral of each diocese, the judge of which is the bishop's chancellor.

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Spare a thought, thought, for there is one horse with a cracking chance - and Holy Orders just pipped him over course and distance a couple of weeks ago.
Over jumps, Holy Orders (4.30) can be an unpredictable customer.
The Very Rev John Methuen was to face 21 charges of conduct unbecoming the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders and one offence of serious, persistent or continuous neglect of duty.
Mullins also runs the mercurial dual-purpose performer Holy Orders in the race.
Of the other European contenders, Holy Orders' trainer Willie Mullins arrived on Wednesday to supervise his charge's preparation.
Ex-Neighbours star Jesse Spencer is in Death In Holy Orders on BBC 1 tonight
Lucy Lui, Cameron Diaz and DrewBarrymore took holy orders and grabbed their rosaries for the sequel to the smash- hit film Charlie's Angels.
Orphaned in adolescence, Genevieve came to Paris to live with her godmother and enter holy orders. She was recognized by the bishop for her charitable acts and austere existence, then given charge of virgins dedicated to God.
On the other hand, Berulle was mistaken, and seriously so, in exalting the sanctity of the state of life in which the sacrament of Holy Orders places the one who receives it.
If many of the celibate in Catholic countries took holy orders, it was not only because of parental dictates but also because young people often interiorized parents' sense of familial interests and accepted destinies chosen for them.
Abbe Marc'hadour begins his essay on Holy Orders in the vision and practice of Erasmus, the anticlerical cleric, by maintaining his orthodoxy on the Eucharist, the unchanging core of Catholic spirituality.
A Norman Huguenot lawyer's son, Boisrobert became a Roman Catholic in the 1620s and began to take holy orders. His wit and effrontery won him the favor of Cardinal de Richelieu, and he was given a canonry at Rouen (1634) and an abbacy in Burgundy (1638).