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Local Church
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I. Terminology – II. Meaning – III. Missiology

I. Terminology

The term local church owes its theological rediscovery to Vatican II and must be understood against the background of the Roman Catholic understanding of the church (VIII, 2.b). There it denotes the church in a specific region, usually a diocese. From a systematic perspective, it refers to the middle level of ecclesiastical organization, between the Roman Catholic universal church and the Catholic parish.

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Roosen, Rudolf, zu Schlochtern, Josef Meyer, Ohme, Heinz and Küster, Volker, “Local Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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