bishop. The chief superintendent and highest-ranking member of the clergy within a diocese. • The bishop is subject to the archbishop of a province. [Cases: Religious Societies 27. C.J.S. Religious Societies § 43.]

“[A] bishop … has several courts under him, and may visit at pleasure every part of his diocese. His chancellor is appointed to hold his courts for him, and to assist him in matters of ecclesiastical law ….” 1 William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 370 (1765).

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