Suffragan diocese

A suffragan referred to an administrative district of the Roman Catholic Church. The name refers to the concept Suffragan, thus showing that this particular diocese is part of an ecclesiastical province, but in contrast to the Archdiocese in the ecclesiastical province has no management role.

Several dioceses form an ecclesiastical province. Their chief is called Metropolitan; He is the diocesan bishop of the diocese and has the title archbishop. The other dioceses of the ecclesiastical province of the suffragan dioceses within the Ecclesiastical Province. Each diocesan bishop manages his own diocese separate and independent from the metropolitans. The bishop is also called a suffragan suffragan bishop.

The administrative structure of the Roman Catholic church applies worldwide. In the Federal Republic of Germany, for example, the Diocese of Trier and the bishopric of Münster form suffragan dioceses of the Archdiocese of Cologne.

The German archdioceses are now following suffragan dioceses assigned:

Archdiocese of Cologne:

  • Bishopric of Münster
  • Diocese of Essen
  • Diocese of Aachen
  • Diocese of Limburg
  • Diocese of Trier

Archdiocese of Freiburg:

  • Diocese of Mainz
  • Diocese of Rottenburg -Stuttgart

Archdiocese of Paderborn:

  • Diocese of Erfurt
  • Diocese of Fulda
  • Diocese of Magdeburg

Archdiocese of Munich and Freising:

  • Diocese of Augsburg
  • Diocese of Passau
  • Diocese of Regensburg

Archdiocese of Bamberg:

  • Bishopric of Speyer
  • Bishopric of Würzburg
  • Diocese of Eichstätt

Archdiocese of Berlin:

  • Diocese of Dresden - Meissen
  • Diocese of Görlitz

Archdiocese of Hamburg:

  • Diocese of Hildesheim
  • Diocese of Osnabrück

Until the Reformation, belonged more to the bishoprics mentioned archdioceses, for example, the long -time self-employed as an archbishopric diocese of Bremen.

The Church of England ( Anglican Church ) is structured similar in substance: the metropolitans, which also lead the title of Primate of Canterbury and York, subject to the diocesan bishops. This again subject to some auxiliary bishops. The terms are used there, however, different: " suffragan " refers to the auxiliary bishops, and for the position of diocesan bishops against their metropolitans there is no separate designation.

  • Diocese ( Roman Catholic)