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This difference in usage has caused controversy, particularly between these national churches and the ancient [[patriarchate]]s, whose borders do not usually fall along the same lines as secular states. The controversy comes into play when the theological truth of the equality of dioceses comes to be transferred to create an equality of supra-diocesan structures, that is, that all [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] churches are to be considered equal.
History records significant variation in development of the honors (ακολουθια τιμης) and [[presbeia|prerogatives ]] (πρεσβεια τιμης) attached to the bishops of particular [[see]]s. Not all sees were given the same power of jurisdiction as others, and even when autocephaly developed, not all autocephalous churches were accorded the same authority by the [[Ecumenical councils]] which promulgated [[canons]] to govern the interaction between the various sees. As such, while all local churches (dioceses) remained theologically the same, not every bishop could exercise the same influence or authority as every other.
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