A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous...Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry The Life and Writings of St. Augustine of Hippo: Bishop & Doctor of the Christian Church Augustine of Hippo at Georgetown University St. Augustinus | Augustine of Hippo
We have experienced the truth of this prophecy, for England has become the habitation of outsiders and the dominion of foreigners. Today, no Englishman is earl, Bishop, or abbott, and newcomers gnaw away at the riches and very innards of England; nor is there any hope for an end of this misery.william of malmesbury
No one really knew the sciences except the Lord Robert, Bishop of Lincoln, by reason of his length of life and experience, as well as of his studiousness and zeal. He knew mathematics and perspective, and there was nothing which he was unable to know; and at the same time he was sufficiently acquainted with languages to be able to understand the saints and the philosophers and the wise men of antiquity but his knowledge of languages was not such as to enable him to effect translations until the latter portion of his life...roger bacon
The Jackdaw sat in the Cardinal's chair! Bishop and Abbot and Prior were there, Many a monk and many a friar, Many a knight and many a squire, With a great many more of lesser degree, In sooth a goodly company; And they served the Lord Primate on bended knee. Never, I ween, Was a prouder seen, Read of in books or dreamt of in dreams, Than the Cardinal Lord ArchBishop of Rheims.
If you aim at a Scottish presbytery, it agreeth as well with monarchy, as God and the devil. ... No Bishop, no King! I will make them conform themselves, or else I will harry them out of the land, or else do worse.james i of england
Crown and cloth maken no priest, nor emperor's Bishop with his words, but power that crist giveth; and thus by life have been priests known.john wycliffe
The Bishop is in the nature of an ecclesiastical sheriff.