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Roman Catholic Church
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1. Terminology

It was not until the early modern period that the two adjectives Roman and Catholic were used together to single out the church with Rome as its center from among the confessional churches that emerged after the Reformation. The older of the two (in ecclesiological usage), Catholic (from Greek kathólou, katholikós, “universal”), appears for t…

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Walter, Peter, “Roman Catholic Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026809>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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