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How many Married Bishops at Nicea?

Do we have any indication from original sources, or secondary sources, how many of the Bishops who participated at Nicaea I were married?
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Must a man first be a priest before being consecrated a bishop?

Must a man first be a priest before being consecrated a bishop? In other words: Who exactly can receive episcopal consecration?
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What does the phrase "Undermine the deposit of faith" mean?

Bishop Strickland was recently deposed by Pope Francis, ostensibly because he tweeted something about the Pope "undermining the deposit of faith". Is that a technical term or just a ...
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Equivalence of "to Feed" and "to Govern" in Ancient Biblical Language

According to Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (in reference to John 21:15-17): "Feed" in ancient and biblical language means, in its application to human beings, rule or govern (cf. Acts 20:...
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Bishop Heahmund's denomination?

What was the denomination of Bishop Heahmund from? If he is a Catholic bishop how did priestly celibacy work in that era? (The Vikings TV series shows him with multiple relationships)
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Who consecrated Bishop Heahmund?

Who consecrated Heahmund as the Bishop of Sherborne, What was his Apostolic Lineage?
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Can a Catholic Bishop Lose His Ecclesiastical Rank without being Defrocked? [duplicate]

My question stems from considering the content found in https://www.facebook.com/MiraclesTruth/photos/a.268944276778281/1277844892554876/?type=3 regarding an unnamed bishop and the correction given ...
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Rules Which Govern the Excommunication of Catholic Bishops

Are there rules in place that a pope must follow when he wishes to excommunicate a bishop? If so, what are they; or where may they be found?
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What was the real cause of the split between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church?

Was the split caused by political, doctrinal, different canons, linguistic differences, or other? And what was the name of the Church before the split, if there was any? Or were there many loosely ...
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How were Bishops Appointed in England Prior to the Anglican Schism

The following question is a bit of a follow-up to On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?. In an article "The Cardinal Martyr of England" found here: Catholic ...
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On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?

The 1534 Oath of Succession made Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, heir to the throne rather than Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The oath also recognized the ...
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Who are the remaining Apostolic Succession lineages that are non-Rebiban Succession?

If 95% of Catholic bishops today can trace their line of apostolic succession through Cardinal Scipione Rebiba; who are the 5% remaining lineages traced through? Who was Scipione Rebiba? Sicilian-...
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Papal Decree Regarding the Education of Catholic Children?

The following question has been motivated by the post What teachings do all Catholic schools share? I recall having read something many years ago specifying that parents have the responsibility to ...
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Do we know how many bishops attending the Council of Nicaea were victims of the Roman perscutions?

Do we know how many bishops attending the Council of Nicaea were actual victims of the Roman perscutions? The Council of Nicaea opened on May 20, 325 AD. The First Council of Nicaea, the first ...
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Who are the persons (within the C of E) who are attempting to depart from calling God 'He'?

The 'Church of England' is 'considering' whether to stop referring to God as 'he' says an article today published by ITV.com. 'The Church' is to launch a 'new project' apparently. Any potential ...
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Did only bishops preach in the early Church?

Cardinal Manning, The Eternal Priesthood p. 175 claims: In the beginning it was the Bishops alone who preached. The needs of the faith compelled them to delegate this, their chief office, to the ...
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Leadership over smaller churches in early Christianity

I have heard a claim that during the early Church, bigger churches had leadership positions over smaller churches, which later developed into the idea of a single bishop ruling a dicosese. Are there ...
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Can a bishop be "demoted" to a priest?

In Catholicism, can there ever be a reason where a bishop is removed from his office and placed back as a priest? If this can occur, what are some of the reasons it might?
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Authority of Metropolitan Archbishops?

Who are the Metropolitan Archbishops and what authority does that have over ordinary bishops? And what is canon law talking about the authority of Metropolitan Archbishops?
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According to the Catholic church, was there a New Testament writer who was not a bishop?

When writing my answer to another question about the teaching authority of the NT writers (as Magisterium), I was wondering whether any author of the 27 books of the New Testament was not a bishop? ...
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Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?

Which U.S. bishops are unfaithful to Church teaching on homosexuality and LGBT ideology?
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In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is it possible to laicize a bishop?

In the Roman Catholic Church, priests are sometimes laicized, either at their own request or as a punishment. It's unclear to me who exactly in the Roman Catholic has the power to laicize a priest, ...
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When did the Catholic Church first prohibit bishops from remarrying?

We see the exhortation of St. Paul at 1 Timothy 3: 1-3: The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, ...
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Was there a time when bishops were not appointed to other sees and did not generally ever relocate?

Today it is common for bishops to relocate to another (probably more prestigious) episcopal see. For example Rainer Wölki was first titular Bishop of Scampa, then Archbishop of Berlin and is now ...
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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, ...
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How do those against the traditional monepiscopacy deal with Ignatius of Antioch?

It's often claimed that 'Ignatius is the first to believe in the monepiscopacy' (that a bishop runs a church region with the assistance of presbyters/elders) or that 'churches were simply run by a ...
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Did the Apollo 11 mission result in a Catholic "bishop of the moon"?

I've heard that the bishop of the Diocese of Orlando during 1969 claimed that because Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, which were under his jurisdiction, he ...
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Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting?

One option for the liturgical greeting at the beginning of the Mass is: Priest: The Lord be with you. [or Bishop: Peace be with you.] All: And with your spirit. The phrase "The Lord be with you ...
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According to Protestants, isn't the bishop of Rome still a bishop nonetheless?

The progressive critique of fundamental premises of the Catholic faith in the 'Reformation' eventually gave rise—however sympathetically or hostilely you wish to understand this change of mind; as a ...
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Why doesn’t the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod have bishops?

Most Lutheran synods in the United States, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), have bishops as part of their church hierarchy just like many other mainline Protestants. Why ...
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What happens to a diocese when a bishop dies unexpectedly?

Our bishop passed away last week unexpectedly, the only thing I've heard is that it may the Vatican 6-9 months to replace him. What is the process and who is in charge of the diocese during this time? ...
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Who was the first person condemned to death by a Christian bishop?

I was wondering who was the first person a bishop condemned to death, caused to be condemned to death and such sentence was approved of by said bishop and who was the first such person who was ...
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Why would an Archbishop give such long notice of retirement?

BBC News reports here that the Church of England's Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, retires on 7 June 2020. The news report is dated 1 October 2018, which 15 months' notice. This seems very long, ...
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May the Pope waive the requirements of Canon Law in the appointment of bishops?

Earlier this year, as part of the effort to normalize relations between the Vatican and China, the New York Times reported that the Vatican asked one of its bishops to step down to make way for a ...
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Why have a photo of the bishop in the sacristy?

In many (most? all?) Catholic sacristies, there is a photograph of the diocesan bishop, and often one of the Pope. Why? (Authoritative sources preferred to anecdote.)
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Why are a Catholic bishop's Coat of Arms green and not purple?

Why are a Catholic bishop's Coat of Arms green and not purple? The Canadian Conference of Bishops tell us that the galero and tassels on the Coat of Arms for a bishop are green. Cardinals' galero and ...
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Evidence that Peter alone was made a Bishop by Christ?

This got my attention. Although I don't currently agree with it, it's an intriguing question which I am open to accept if sufficient evidence is found. Now when I read classical works on the Papacy (...
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Identifying General and Universal Magisterium

So, this is a question I have been struggling with for a while now. I understand easily enough the concept of Extraordinary Magisterium, that exercised by the Church through the Council of Bishops ...
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What was the difference between Jerusalem's honorary primacy and the primacy of Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch?

In Church History in Plain Language, 144, Bruce Shelley writes about the "primacy" that certain bishops enjoyed in the early church: The Council of Nicaea recognized the bishops of Alexandria, ...
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Can Bishops give dispensations from certain marriage vows?

If, for instance, someone tells me that his bishop said he could get a vasectomy because having children with his wife in the future is likely to be injurious to her health. Should he be able to ...
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What is the scriptural basis for a monarchical episcopate?

What scriptural basis has traditionally been put forth by the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches to support the idea of monarchical episcopate (the idea that there must be only one bishop over a city ...
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What does title of "Bishop" mean in some African-American churches?

I'm familiar with what "bishop" typically means in mainline, churches. It specifically points to an overseer of several other pastors and/or their congregations. Some African-American Christian ...
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In the Catholic Church, what is the explanation for having, and the history behind Principal Co-Consecrators?

When researching for an answer, I wanted to provide a link to Pope Bl. Pius IX. He was ordained Bishop 28 Oct 1919 by Principal Consecrator: Archbishop Aleksander Kakowski † Archbishop of Warszawa {...
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Are Catholic Bishops the successors of the Apostles alone or the Elders too?

In researching my answer for this question I started to think about the doctrine that the Bishops are the successors of the Apostles as being a bit unfair to the other folks. For instance, if St. ...
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Are Catholic bishops infallible?

I hear that Catholic bishops being considered 'infallible' is untrue and their words can be contested if they are not speaking truths directly from the Bible/other relevent documents. However, even if ...
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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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In the Anglican Church, how is the Archbishop appointed?

The current Archbishop of Sydney is retiering this week. What is the process involved in appointing the new Archbishop in the Anglican Church? i.e. who can nominate them, who can vote for them, what ...
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By what authority does the old Catholic Encyclopedia call itself Catholic?

This may seem like a dumb question, but I think it could be useful to people who look at links on the internet to the old Catholic Encyclopedia (which is heavily referenced on wikipedia for ...
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How do the vestments of the pontiff emeritus compare to those of a bishop emeritus?

As widely reported, Pope Benedict XVI will wear "a simple white cassock without the mozzetta" during his retirement, and will no longer use the rest of the traditional pontifical regalia, such as the ...
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Why shouldn't the UK have women bishops?

Just last week in the UK, the Church of England voted on the concept of having women bishops (who would then be eligible for appointment to the House of Lords, but that's not relevant.) They voted no....
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