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Orders, Catholic
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I. Concept and Definition – II. History – III. Membership

I. Concept and Definition

Orders are organized associations of religious communities. The constituent element of belonging to an order (status religiosus) is a longterm commitment to a particularly close discipleship to Christ (Discipleship, Christian) to the glory of God, the edification of the church, and the salvation of the world (CIC/1983, c. 573). This way of life is usually set (c. 575) by the evangelical cou…

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Eder, Manfred, “Orders, Catholic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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