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A '''chorepiscoposchorbishop''', or '''chorbishopchorepiscopos''', is an extinct a rare office of [[clergy]] in the [[Church]]. The name is taken from the Greek Χωρεπίσκοπος, meaning "country [[bishop]]."He is a bishop with all the essential powers of the episcopal order but whose faculty of exercising these powers is limited. In the early Church he would confer minor orders only. His functions were supervised by his metropolitan. Although the office was quite common in the patristic age, today it is almost solely an honorary title.<ref>See Palladius, [ The Lausiac History]. ACW 34 (Washington, 1964), p 200, note 340.</ref>
Chorepiscopi are first mentioned by the ecclesiastical historian [[Eusebius of Caesarea|Eusebius]] in the second century.{{<ref>Ott, Michael T. (1913). [ "Chorepiscopi."] ''[[Roman Catholic|1}} Catholic]] Encyclopedia''. New York: Robert Appleton Company</ref> In the days of the very Early Church, chorepiscopi seemed to have authority in rural districts, but in the second half of the third century they were subject to the urban episcopate, or [[metropolitan|metropolitans]]s. The [[Synod]] of Ancyra (314) forbade them to ordain [[deacon|deacons]] s and [[presbyter|priests]].
==Disuse==The Council of Sardica in 343 decreed that chorepiscopi should not be consecrated where a priest would suffice, <ref>[ Canon 6] of the Council of Sardica. (Note there is a lacuna in the [ text] as translated and presented in ''[[The Rudder]]''. The essential word ''not'' has been omitted in the main body of the text, although the sense and the commentary make it clear it should have been included.)</ref> and so gradually their numbers substantially declined.{{ref|2}} In some [[diocese|dioceses]], the title "''chorbishop" '' is sometimes used as an alternative title for an auxiliary bishop. However, it should be noted that the functions of an auxiliary usually differ from this specific office. The modern Arabic word for a priest, ''khoury'', is etymologically taken from the Greek ''chorepiscopos''.
*{{note|1}} Ott, Michael T. (1913). “Chorepiscopi.” Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company<references /> ==External link==*{{note|2}} Chorbishop – [ Letter LIII. To the Chorepiscopi.asp#F3 AmericanCatholic] by[[Basil the Great]](Christian Classics Ethereal Library), cf. footnote 2193.

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