Definition of archbishop
: a bishop at the head of an ecclesiastical province or one of equivalent honorary rank
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Investigations into pedophilia and physical abuse among Irish clergy have revealed thousands of victims over decades, with four Dublin archbishops found to have effectively turned a blind eye to cases of abuse from 1975 to 2004.
In his address, the archbishop argued for a spirit of criticism and open discussion.
The crucifix was a birthday gift from the retired archbishop, who led the church when Michael was a child and who, years later, apologized for its failure to protect children like him.
Among the report’s most damning criticisms is its rebuke of the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, now the honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.
Perhaps the most damning part of the report is its assessment that George [now Lord] Carey, who was then the archbishop of Canterbury, was warned about Ball’s actions, but did nothing.
Thomas Becket had been King Henry II's lord chancellor, but was technically in religious orders, so Henry got him promoted as archbishop of Canterbury, the highest church office in the land.
Warner Classics UK, part of Nonesuch’s corporate parent, quickly shifted its marketing strategy and sent copies of the disc to tastemakers including Mick Jagger, Enya and the archbishop of Canterbury.
Henry clearly hoped Becket would help undermine church financial and judicial independence in order to make the crown more powerful, but the archbishop fought to defend his office's rights, setting up the conflict that led to murder.
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ARCHBISHOP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of archbishop for English Language Learners
: the bishop of highest rank in a particular area
ARCHBISHOP Defined for Kids
Definition of archbishop for Students
: the bishop of highest rank in a group of dioceses
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