arch·​bish·​op | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Definition of archbishop

: a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank

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The Vatican said Saturday that the pope had dismissed from the priesthood Francisco José Cox Huneeus, an 84-year-old retired archbishop of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández, 53, a retired bishop of Iquique. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Pope Defrocks Chilean Bishops Accused of Sex Abuse," 13 Oct. 2018 Errazuriz, the retired archbishop of Santiago, is 85 and well over retirement age. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims," 10 Sep. 2018 Burke spoke at a conference Thursday marking the first anniversary of the death of one of the questions' co-authors, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the retired archbishop of Bologna. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "US cardinal, critic of pope, still waiting for answers," 6 Sep. 2018 But the scandal has tainted other bishops, including one of Francis’ top advisers, the retired archbishop of Santiago. Nicole Winfield,, "Chilean bishops open to resignations, reparations for clergy abuse," 15 May 2018 Law resigned from his position as archbishop in December 2002 but retained his titles of bishop and cardinal until his death in December 2017. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Scathing report reveals 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused over 1,000 children," 19 Oct. 2018 Among the high-level ecclesiastical officials implicated in the report is Donald Wuerl, currently the archbishop of Washington, DC. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Scathing report reveals 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused over 1,000 children," 19 Oct. 2018 Some of the latest cases demonstrate complicity by Seattle’s late archbishops Thomas Connolly and Raymond Hunthausen, Pfau said. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archdiocese pays nearly $7 million to settle men’s claims that six priests abused them as boys," 13 Nov. 2018 One archbishop has accused a number of U.S. church officials, as well as Pope Francis, of ignoring the charges and abetting Archbishop McCarrick’s rise to influential positions. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Church to Establish New Policy for Sexual Abuse by Bishops," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of archbishop

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for archbishop

Middle English, from Old English arcebiscop, from Late Latin archiepiscopus, from Late Greek archiepiskopos, from archi- + episkopos bishop — more at bishop

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English Language Learners Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area


arch·​bish·​op | \ ˈärch-ˈbi-shəp \

Kids Definition of archbishop

: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses

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