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Catholicism (Roman)
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1. Term and Phenomenon

1.1. Whereas the phrase “Roman Catholic Church” denotes a specific Christian organization (Church 3.2; Hierarchy; Church Government), we may use the word “Catholicism” for a historical form of Christianity that culturally and socially transcends any single ecclesiastical form. In both personnel and substance, it is still closely related to the Roman Catholic Church. It embodies expressions of the church’s life, work, and organizati…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Catholicism (Roman)”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C276>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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