Council - History
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Part of Council:

1. Theology

2. History

A distinction is still usual today between assemblies which represent the universal Church by virtue of their composition (Ecumenical Council) or which gather together bishops of a number of ecclesiastical provinces (plenary council) or of a single province (provincial council) and, on the other hand, the diocesan synod. The terms σύνοδος and concilium were originally equivalent; there was as yet no hierarchy of different ki…

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Odilio Engels, “Council - History”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000952>
First published online: 2016



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