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Catholic Word of the Day: EPARCHY. 01-13-11 ^ | 01-13-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 01/13/2011 9:16:42 AM PST by Salvation

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In the Eastern Christian Churches the name for an ecclesiastical province. It is contrasted with an exarchate or civil dioceses, of which it is a subdivision. Known already in the early fourth century, its official head is an eparch, sometimes called the metropolitan, who can veto the election of the bishops of the dioceses in his eparcy. (Etym. Greek eparchia, province; from eparchos, prefect.)

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Someone is going to have to explain to me how bishops are "elected" in the Eastern Church if the eparch can veto that election.
1 posted on 01/13/2011 9:16:44 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 01/13/2011 9:20:00 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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