college of bishops

   This term (from the Latin collegium, meaning "association") refers to all of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, who are in communion with the Pope. In addition to the responsibilities that each bishop has in a particulardiocese or in a particular ministry, the college of bishops has supreme authority over the universal Church; this episcopalpower is exercised with the Pope in ecumenical councils, synods, and particular dioceses. Thus, the college of bishops shares in the teaching and pastoral responsibilities of the universal Church. (See CCC 883-885)

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