This assignment of Luidhard to the bishopric of Soissons may perhaps be explained by an interesting story.
To secure his influence, the Court offered him the bishopric of Hereford.
It's our duty, our plain duty, to see this bishopric election through.
He objected also that the bishopric was merely one in perspective and not yet a reality.
Even in his time the bishopric began to assume its special character as a march against the Scots.
But if Ireland was not one kingdom it was in reality one bishopric.
There a bishopric and twenty years of useful and honourable labour awaited him.
He had refused a bishopric for the sake of remaining what he was—a priest.
He was minister at Kidderminster, where he was content to labor in an humble sphere, having refused a bishopric.
Afterward, when the Society was established at Rome, a bishopric was given to him.