The general counsel of the bishops’ conference, Anthony R.
Bishops in a nation may gather in plenary councils periodically.
The queen’s bishops wanted to go further than Edward VI; some in England wished to ban bishops altogether, looking to John Calvin in Geneva for inspiration.
We should have inserted a comma after “bishops” to make clear that all the Dublin bishops have been accused; as published, the sentence implies that only some of the bishops have.
The bishops conference then sent it to the dioceses on Oct. 23.
With the rise of the diocesan bishops, the position of the presbyters became more important.
The bishops say the abuse declined because they began to address the problem in the mid-1980's.
“That amounts to bishops trying bishops, or investigating bishops.
The cardinal bishops are the successors of the bishops of the sees just outside Rome.
Some bishops are suggesting that the church needs new structures to keep their colleagues accountable.
The decree empowers archbishops who preside over geographic regions to handle accusations against bishops in their areas.
With these lists of bishops the later doctrine of “the apostolic succession” of the bishops could be linked.
About 230 of the bishops attending GAFCON subsequently boycotted the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops.
In the German Evangelical (Lutheran and Reformed) territories, the bishops’ line of apostolic succession was ruptured by the Reformation.
Apostolic succession, in Christianity, the teaching that bishops represent a direct, uninterrupted line of continuity from the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
The bishops’ charter also contained no procedures for holding bishops accountable other than “fraternal correction” by fellow bishops.
In the early Christian church, wandering bishops were a problem, primarily because some bishops were consecrated but were not given jurisdiction over a diocese.
A bishop is often assisted in the administration of his diocese by other, lesser bishops, who may be known as suffragans, assistants, auxiliaries, or coadjutor bishops.
The leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had proposed a different structure last year, in which panels including lay experts would examine accusations against bishops.
Last month, the cardinal presided over a deflating national meeting in Baltimore at which the American bishops were prevented by the Vatican from voting on a package of policies intended to hold bishops accountable.
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