Definition of episcopacy in English:

episcopacy

Syllabification: e·pis·co·pa·cy
Pronunciation: /iˈpiskəpəsē
 
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noun (plural episcopacies)

  • 1Government of a church by bishops.
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    • Second, there is the theological import of the American church's commitment to episcopacy.
    • By maintaining the practice of episcopacy, the post-Reformation Church of England drew its legitimacy from Medieval custom, not Biblical authority.
    • In the American church, these two schools of thought on episcopacy can best be illustrated by William White and by his nemesis, Samuel Seabury.
  • 1.1 (the episcopacy) The bishops of a region or church collectively.
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    • The molesters and their protectors in the episcopacy come from across the ideological landscape, from liberal to conservative churchmen, from priests trained before Vatican II to those ordained afterward.
    • The brave bishop has too few cohorts in the American episcopacy who are willing to challenge the ‘official’ state religion in the U.S.A.
    • Do you think that, on the whole, the American episcopacy is doing a poor job of communicating the gospel to its flock?
  • 1.2 another term for episcopate.
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    • Orthodox people certainly can deeply appreciate the Rhodes conclusions regarding the impossibility of ordaining women to the priesthood and episcopacy.
    • Clergy especially are familiar with gently complaining stories like that of the Anglican and the Presbyterian arguing over whether the episcopacy is established in the Bible.

Origin

mid 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin episcopatus 'episcopate', on the pattern of prelacy.

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