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Bishop - Canon Law
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Part of Bishop:

1. New Testament

2. Church History

3. Theology

4. Canon Law

1. Meaning of episcopate. The episcopate is that ministry established in the Church of Jesus Christ which bestows a share in the Church’s office of teaching, sanctifying, and governing. Those called to it are successors of the apostles and consequently exercise their ministry as vicars and envoys of Christ, individually as the head, bishop, of a particular Church, as a collegiate body of several bishops serving a group of particular Chur…

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Klaus Mörsdorf, “Bishop - Canon Law”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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