October 12, 2009

Bishops

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On September 11, five or six men gathered to consider the office of Bishop. Some shared personal recollections of time spent with our Bishop (Diocese of Charlotte). What a blessing to live in a cathedral city, and to hear Mass at which the Bishop presides, assisted by a faithful deacon.

We spent a lot of time talking about the relation of the bishops in a given city (e.g., ordinaries and suffragans, bishops in different rites), the relation of the bishops to the presbyters who are not bishops, and the development of the diocese. We also discussed the anachronistic definitions and subsequently skewed history of some historians and exegetes who deny that the episcopal and hierarchical principle was operative from the beginning of the Church.