papacy definition

  • noun:
    • The office and jurisdiction of a pope.
    • The period of the time during which a pope is within office.
    • A succession or line of popes: the Medici papacy.
    • Roman Catholic Church The system of church government headed because of the pope.
    • any office of this pope.
    • the time of a specific pope's reign.
    • any office and dignity associated with the pope, or pontiff, of Rome; papal jurisdiction.
    • The popes, collectively; the succession of popes.
    • The Roman Catholic faith; -- commonly used because of the opponents for the Roman Catholics in disparagement or perhaps in an opprobrious feeling.
    • The office, dignity, and authority of this Pope or Bishop of Rome; the papal; jurisdiction; the ecclesiastical business subject to the Pope.
    • The succession or line of popes, along with its ecclesiastical and governmental practices.
    • That system of ecclesiastical government which acknowledges and it is based upon the apostolic primacy and supreme authority associated with Pope or Bishop of Rome on the church universal; the Church of Rome; the Roman Catholic Church.
    • the federal government regarding the Roman Catholic Church

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