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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the belief that a Church should be governed by bishops
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e•pis•co•pal•ism(ɪˈpɪs kə pəˌlɪz əm)
the theory of church polity according to which the supreme authority is vested in the episcopal order as a whole, and not in any individual.
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a theory of church polity asserting that supreme ecclesiastical authority belongs to all bishops collectively and not to an individual except by delegation.See also: Protestantism
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