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thrived, and it might seem, at first glance, that neither their function nor necessity actually changed at all through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Catholic church had consecrated bishops from its earliest times; these were the supervisors of dioceses and the leaders of the faithful, and the Council of Trent simply reinforced that role by re-issuing customary rules that ordered bishops to reside in their dioceses, hold synods and visitations, and discipline their clergy. Yet this fundamental continuity belies the immense shifts in the understanding of

in Fathers, pastors and kings