An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Bishop, Provisional

A bishop authorized to serve a diocese whose own bishop is unable to fulfill that ministry due to disability or judicial sentence. The convention of a diocese may choose a bishop (or bishop coadjutor) of another diocese to take full episcopal authority until the disability or judicial sentence no longer exists or until the diocese elects and consecrates another bishop of its own. The convention may revoke such a provisional charge at any time.

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