church government, cyprian's council, conciliar, bishops, collegial, roman, ecclesiastical, episcopal, nicaea, pope, primatial
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
Throughout the entire history of the Western church, two poles of episcopal government, the primatial and the collegial, have struggled to find some sort of equilibrium. At one time, as during the 15th century conciliar movement, the pendulum swung far in the collegial direction; at another, as in the 19th-century Vatican council, wide in the primatial. Vatican II seems to have been concerned with prospects of confining the pendulum's movement in the future to a more restricted arc.
History of Christianity
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Weltin, E. G.
"Some Animadversions on Early Church Government,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 38, Article 69.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol38/iss1/69