A bishop (English derivation from the New Testament Greek ἐπίσκοπος, epískopos, "overseer", "guardian") is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Old Catholic, Independent Catholic Churches, and in the Assyrian Church of the East, bishops claim apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles. Within these churches, bishops are seen as those who posess the full priesthood and can ordain clergy including other bishops. Some Protestant churches including the Lutheran and Methodist churches have bishops serving similar functions as well, though not always understood to be within apostolic succession in the same way. It is the one ordained deacon, priest and then bishop who is understood to hold the fullness of the (ministerial) priesthood, given responsibility by Christ to govern, teach and sanctify the Body of Christ, members of the Faithful. Priests, deacons, and lay ministers cooperate and assist their bishop(s) in shepherding a flock.
The term epískopos was not from the earliest times clearly distinguished from the term presbýteros ("elder", "senior", nowadays used to signify a priest), but the term was already clearly used in the sense of the order or office of bishop, distinct from that of priest in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch (died c. 108), and sources from the middle of the 2nd century undoubtedly set forth that all the chief centres of Christianity recognized and had the office of bishop, using a form of organization that remained universal until the Protestant Reformation. During the early centuries of Christianity the title "pope" was applied generally to all bishops; it now has more specific meanings that vary between churches.
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... For bishops and archbishops in the Western world, do not use their episcopal or archiepiscopal title in the article name unless necessary for disambiguation ... and a surname, used also by other articles, inserting (bishop) after is common, for example William Atwater (bishop) or George Douglas (bishop) ... use a form such as William Turner (bishop of Salford) (rather than William Turner, Bishop of Salford) – using the subject's current or most recent see ...
... On Easter 1689, Burnet was consecrated Bishop of Salisbury and three days later was sworn as chancellor of the Order of the Garter ... His office as bishop is noted for his liberal views and zealous discharge of duty ... Athanasian Creed, the new Archbishop of Canterbury wrote to the new Bishop of Salisbury "I wish we were well rid of it" ...
... The new bishop arrived in Calcutta on 10 October 1823, after a four-month journey ... installation by the Governor General, Lord Amherst, Heber preached his first sermon as bishop on Sunday 12 October, in St John's Cathedral Church ... tasks unfinished at the time of his predecessor's death and from the long hiatus without a bishop ...
... Roches, a powerful politician, government official, and Bishop of Winchester from 1205–1238 ... The abbey was one of a pair the bishop conceived as a memorial to himself the other is La Clarté-Dieu in Saint-Paterne-Racan, France ... on 25 July 1239 from neighbouring Beaulieu Abbey, a year after the bishop's death ...
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“Whether they knew or not,
Goldsmith and Burke, Swift and the Bishop of Cloyne
All hated Whiggery; but what is Whiggery?
A levelling, rancorous, rational sort of mind
That never looked out of the eye of a saint
Or out of drunkards eye.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“O falling fire and piercing cry
and panic, and a weak mailed fist
clenched ignorant against the sky!”
—Elizabeth Bishop (19111979)
“Apparently they have reached their destination.
It would be hard to say what brought them there,
commerce or contemplation.”
—Elizabeth Bishop (19111979)