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Bishops, Consecration of
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I. Practical Theology – II. Orthodox Church

I. Practical Theology

Episcopal ordination is the rite whereby a person chosen as bishop receives his office (the legal aspect) and is empowered to exercise this (the spiritual aspect). After Vatican II, episcopal ordination in the Roman Catholic church was given a structure parallel to the ordination rites of deacons and priests. As in the Orthodox and Old Catholic churches, it is understood as a sacrament and is carri…

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Ratzmann, Wolfgang and Plank, Peter, “Bishops, Consecration of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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