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Suffragan, Suffragan Diocese
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[German Version]

(from Lat. suffragium, “support, right to vote”). In Roman Catholic usage, a suffragan is a diocesan bishop subordinate to a metropolitan (CIC/1983 cc. 435–437; cf. CCEO cc. 133–139) within an ecclesiastical province (CIC/1983 cc. 431–446; cf. LG 23, para. 4; CD 39f.). The diocese is called a suffragan bishopric.


H. Paarhammer, “Kirchenprovinz – Metropolit – Provinzialkonzil,” in: idem, ed., Uni trinoque Domino. FS K. Berg, 1989, 469–496

O. Stoffel, MKCIC cc. 431–446 (as of August 1997)

KanR 2, 131997, 309–312, 349

H. Maritz, “Die Kirche…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Suffragan, Suffragan Diocese”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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