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Does anyone know the difference between the names of the Catholic Church officials?

Such as a bishop and archbishop and CATHOLIC CHURCH Cardinal?

keep the stupid jokes and bashing to a minimum please;

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Oct. 8, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This should help:

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:50 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Both bishops and archbishops both head up a diocese, archbishops head up an archdiocese, a diocese that is of particular importance.

    A Cardinal is a senior official in the church that attend meetings of the College of Cardinals and being available to the pope for advice. Cardinals may also head up a diocese or are the heads of departments in the Roman Curia. The College of Cardinals also elects the pope.

    For a list of Dioceses and Archdioceses go here:


    Answer by erdavh at 1:27 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • "Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses . . . All the works they do they do to be viewed by men; for they broaden the [scripture-containing] cases that they wear as safeguards, and enlarge the fringes [of their garments]. They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by men. But you, do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, whereas all you are brothers. Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One. Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for your Leader is one, the Christ. But the greatest one among you must be your minister. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." Matthew 23: 1-12

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • The whole of Matthew 23 slates this class of people. Read it. It doesn't answer your question other than to say whatever the difference is between these titles, they were created by men and are only of use or power to those men. They certainly are of NO value to God, who demands humility of his followers. While any church you indentify with or even visit has such titled men, or women, in it, you have no found the road to God. Also, MAtthew 7:13 - 23.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:04 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Anon 5:04 - Did you even read the question? None of the cherry-picked verses you have taken out of context have anything to do with Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals. Do you still not understand that INTENTIONS matter?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:36 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • In the Catholic Church there is the sacrament of Holy Orders and there are three levels to that sacrament - deacon, priest, and bishop. These levels are very clearly taught about in the bible (FYI the English word priest is derived from the Greek word presbuteros, or "elder"). So all Catholic clergy - those who receive the sacrament of Holy Orders - are at one of these levels. Bishops, archbishops, cardinals, even the pope - these are all different administrative titles for a bishop. Like father and monsigner are different administrative titles for a priest. (The titles are sometimes different for Eastern Rite Catholics).

    The different administrative titles indicate the duties of that position. A bishop is in charge of a diocese, and archbishop is in charge of an archdioceses, things like that .

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:51 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • For the biblical basis of the ministeral priesthood a good article is "Why We Have A Ministeral Priesthood" written by a former Assembly of God minister.  The bible is quite clear that Jesus left us with a structure and leaders to help us learn the Word of God -- He had to since the bible as we know it today didn't exist (it would take over 400 years to get).


    Answer by eringobrough at 9:55 AM on Oct. 8, 2009

  • Why must you all turn this into a debate? The op was only asking for the heirachy not whether you think it's right or wrong.

    By the way most protestant denominations have a similar heirachy. The roles are different but the structure is similar.

    Answer by teamquinn at 1:29 PM on Oct. 8, 2009

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