Bishop for the rivers?


#1

On another thread, ‘fix’ has asked “I have a Church question. I once read that every mile of earth has a Catholic Bishop with authority over it even sections where there are few or no people living. Is this accurate?”

Recently some women decided to be ‘ordained’ supposedly on the St Lawrence River but probably on the Ottawa River. The reasoning behind ‘ordaining’ women on bodies of water is to announce that they are outside the jurisdiction of bishops.

Are there areas on Earth which have no bishops over them? Is there a bishop for the rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans; for the air; for outer space? If not, why not?


#2

Dear Ani,

It’s quite simple, really. There are bishops for all the inhabited areas. There is no need to have a bishop for uninhabited areas.

As for those woman, the ordinations will be just as invalid outside of any diocese as they would be within a diocese.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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