autocephaly

autocephaly The state of being autocephalous or having no superior authority; being self-governing.
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Autocephaly

Autocephaly (i; from αὐτοκεφαλία, meaning self-headed) is the status of a hierarchical Christian church whose head bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop (used especially in Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches). When an ecumenical council or a high-ranking bishop, such as a patriarch or other primate, releases ...
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Autocephaly

Each of the Churches which, while retaining common tradition, are independent from Rome or any other higher ecclesiastical order
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