Episcopal Ministry: The Offices of Bishop

Norman Doe

in The Legal Framework of the Church of England

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780198262206
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682315 | DOI:
Episcopal Ministry: The Offices of Bishop

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Bishops in the Church of England are involved directly or indirectly in all aspects of ecclesiastical life: pastoral, governmental, doctrinal, liturgical, and proprietorial. The ministry of the episcopate, one of the church's three clerical orders, is pivotal: associated theologically with charismatic power and leadership, it is a ministry ordered and facilitated by law. The episcopal order itself is generic, but the Church of England has in recent years introduced a variety of different episcopal offices principally with a view to giving assistance to the diocesan bishop. As well as exploring the terms under which the new offices of bishop are regulated, this chapter explores the law applicable to all episcopal offices with regard to appointment, consecration, basic functions, retirement, resignation, and discipline. The entire legal framework of the Church of England, like that of the Roman Catholic Church, though sometimes in radically different ways, is one which protects and enhances the centrality of the episcopal ministry as an instrument of continuity and authority within the church.

Keywords: Church of England; Roman Catholic Church; bishops; episcopal ministry; episcopal order; episcopal offices; consecration; appointment; discipline; retirement

Chapter.  12503 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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