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A '''chorepiscopos''', or '''chorbishop''', is a rare office of [[clergy]] in the [[Church]]. The name is taken from the Greek Χωρεπίσκοπος, meaning "country [[bishop]]."  It is still present in the Orthodox Church of Romania.
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A '''chorepiscopos''', or '''chorbishop''', is a rare office of [[clergy]] in the [[Church]]. The name is taken from the Greek Χωρεπίσκοπος, meaning "country [[bishop]]."  It is still present in the [[Church of Romania]].{{cite}}
  
 
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==Disuse==
 
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The Council of Sardica in 343 decreed that chorepiscopi should not be consecrated where a priest would suffice{{ref|2}}, and gradually their numbers declined. The rank is extinct in the territory of the Western Patriarch. In some [[diocese|dioceses]], the title "chorbishop" is sometimes used as an alternative title for an auxiliary bishop. However, it should be noted that the functions of an auxiliary usually differ from this specific office.
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The Council of Sardica in 343 decreed that chorepiscopi should not be consecrated where a priest would suffice{{ref|2}}, and gradually their numbers declined. In some [[diocese|dioceses]], the title ''chorbishop'' is sometimes used as an alternative title for an auxiliary bishop. However, it should be noted that the functions of an auxiliary usually differ from this specific office.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
*{{note|1}} Ott, Michael T. (1913). “Chorepiscopi.Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company
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*{{note|1}} Ott, Michael T. (1913). "Chorepiscopi." Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company
*{{note|2}} Chorbishop – Canon 6 of the Council of Sardica.  Note there is a lacuna in the text as translated and presented in ''The Rudder''. The esential word '''not''' has been omitted in the main body of the text, although the sense and the commentary make it clear it should have been included.  
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*{{note|2}} Chorbishop – Canon 6 of the Council of Sardica.  Note there is a lacuna in the text as translated and presented in ''The Rudder''. The essential word '''not''' has been omitted in the main body of the text, although the sense and the commentary make it clear it should have been included.  
  
 
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A chorepiscopos, or chorbishop, is a rare office of clergy in the Church. The name is taken from the Greek Χωρεπίσκοπος, meaning "country bishop." It is still present in the Church of Romania.citation needed

History

Chorepiscopi are first mentioned by the ecclesiastical historian Eusebius in the second century.1 In the days of the very Early Church, chorepiscopi seemed to have authority in rural districts, but in the second half of the third century they were subject to the urban episcopate, or metropolitans. The Synod of Ancyra (314) forbade them to ordain deacons and priests.

Disuse

The Council of Sardica in 343 decreed that chorepiscopi should not be consecrated where a priest would suffice2, and gradually their numbers declined. In some dioceses, the title chorbishop is sometimes used as an alternative title for an auxiliary bishop. However, it should be noted that the functions of an auxiliary usually differ from this specific office.

References

  • 1 Ott, Michael T. (1913). "Chorepiscopi." Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company
  • 2 Chorbishop – Canon 6 of the Council of Sardica. Note there is a lacuna in the text as translated and presented in The Rudder. The essential word not has been omitted in the main body of the text, although the sense and the commentary make it clear it should have been included.
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