coadjutor bishop

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coadjutor bishop (plural coadjutor bishops)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) An auxiliary bishop with the right of succession, i.e., he becomes bishop upon the death, removal or retirement of the incumbent bishop.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 304:
      The bishop [...] encouraged his flock to bully this brilliant stranger into being ordained priest and soon Augustine was coadjutor (assistant) bishop in the town.