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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Confirmation of a Bishop

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On the death, removal, or resignation of a bishop in the Church of England, the dean and chapter of the cathedral which is situated within the vacant diocese make application for the royal license to elect a successor. The crown then issues the license and the bishop is elected, whereupon the crown issues letters-patent to the archbishop of the province, requiring him to proceed with the confirmation and consecration. On the day being fixed for the confirmation, notice is publicly given, and all who object to the election of the party proposed are invited to appear. One or more persons delegated by the dean and chapter present the bishop-elect to the archbishop, or to his representative, the vicar-general. Proof is now given of the election of the bishop, and of the royal assent; after which the bishop takes the usual oaths touching allegiance, supremacy, simony, and obedience to the archbishop. Then follows "The definitive sentence, or the act of confirmation, by which are committed to the bishop elected the care, government, and administration of the spiritual affairs of said bishopric, and he is thus decreed to be installed and enthroned." (See BISHOP).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Confirmation of a Bishop'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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