Barbarians, Bishops for

Barbarians, Bishops For.

In ordinary cases, the election of a bishop required the colisent or suffrage, not only of the clergy of the diocese over which he was to preside, but of the faithful laity also. This rule was applicable only to countries already Christian. When a bishop was to be sent out to a distant or barbarous nation, it was required by the Council of Chalcedon that he should be ordained at Constantinople, to which city, as the new Rome, equal privileges with "the elder, royal Rome" were now to be assigned. Athanasius ordained Frumentius at Alexandria to be bishop of the Ethiopians. See Bingham, Christ. Antiq. (index). SEE IN PARTIBUS INFIDELIUM.

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