diocesan

noun
di·​oc·​e·​san | \ dī-ˈä-sə-sən How to pronounce diocesan (audio) also ˈdī-ə-ˌsē-sᵊn \

Definition of diocesan

: a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese

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Recent Examples on the Web The diocesan website includes a statement from Dallas Bishop Edward Burns connecting the need for social distancing with the story of the Good Samaritan. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "To prevent the spread of coronavirus in North Texas, Holy Week and Passover are going digital," 6 Apr. 2020 In the Catholic Church, this is generally a time of the year when dioceses ask their members to donate to annual bishops’ Lenten appeals, which fund diocesan operations. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus shutdowns place financial strain on churches," 22 Mar. 2020 Their database contains many clergy who don’t appear on official diocesan lists and so aren’t in our database. Ellis Simani, ProPublica, "We’ve Gotten a Lot of Questions About Our Database of Credibly Accused Priests. Here Are the Answers.," 3 Feb. 2020 The Vatican has been under increasing pressure to cooperate more with law enforcement, and its failure to do so has resulted in unprecedented raids in recent years on diocesan chanceries by police from Belgium to Texas to Chile. Fox News, "Pope Francis lifts 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases used to protect pedophiles, silence victims," 18 Dec. 2019 The Vatican has been under increasing pressure to cooperate more with law enforcement, and its failure to do so has resulted in unprecedented raids in recent years on diocesan chanceries by police from Belgium to Texas and Chile. Nicole Winfield, The Denver Post, "Pope abolishes “pontifical secret” in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019 The Vatican has been under increasing pressure to cooperate more with law enforcement, and its failure to do so has resulted in unprecedented raids in recent years on diocesan chanceries by police from Belgium to Texas and Chile. NBC News, "Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019 Insurers have covered a large portion of settlements reached in previous diocesan bankruptcy cases, a 2018 study by Penn State professor Marie Reilly found, with victims receiving an average award of $371,500. CBS News, "A New York diocese filed for bankruptcy. Why more may follow," 23 Sep. 2019 Insurers have covered a large portion of settlements reached in previous diocesan bankruptcy cases, a 2018 study by Penn State professor Marie Reilly found, with victims receiving an average award of $371,500. CBS News, "A New York diocese filed for bankruptcy. Why more may follow," 23 Sep. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Diocesan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diocesan. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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