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The episcopal see (Holy See) of the Pope in Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

An episcopal see (Latin: episcopalis sedes) is, in the original sense, the official seat of a bishop. This seat, which is also referred to as the bishop's cathedra, is placed in the bishop's principal church, which is therefore called the bishop's cathedral.[1] The seat is also called the bishop's throne, especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church.[2]

The term is also used of the town or place where the cathedral is located,[1] giving rise to expressions such as "the Episcopal See of Gibraltar".[3]

The bishop's seat is the earliest symbol of a bishop's authority,[1] and the word see is thus often applied to the office or authority of the bishop, or to the area over which the bishop exercises authority. This usually corresponds to a diocese, as in the expression "built within the see of the bishop of Worcester".[4] However, the word see is also used to identify the ministry of a suffragan bishop, as in the expression "the see of Ebbsfleet".[5]

The episcopal see of the pope, the bishop of Rome, is known as the Holy See.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford University Press 2005, ISBN 978-0-19-280290-3), s.v. see
  2. ^ For instance, Communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  3. ^ Hansard report
  4. ^ Priory of Little Malvern
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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The Guardian

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:19:41 -0700

There are about 20 women in senior posts who could now be up for an episcopal see. The attention has so far focused on the three senior cathedral deans, June Osborne of Salisbury, Vivienne Faull of York and Jane Hedges of Norwich. But the mood within ...

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:56:02 -0700

For this is the story of the outcast Rembert G. Weakland, the brainy ecclesiastic who became the 9th archbishop of the episcopal see of Milwaukee in 1977, serving until he retired in disgrace in 2002 after it was revealed he had spent over $400,000 of ...
 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:19:23 -0700

And near the end of his tenure in Milwaukee, he shepherded a radical remodeling of the interior of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the episcopal see of the archdiocese. He retired in 2002 in a spectacular fall from grace after acknowledging ...
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