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Particular Church
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Terminology: the Catholic Church uses the term ecclesia particularis (“particular church”/“daughter church”) in a dual sense. The documents of Vatican II identify a particular church as a church led by a bishop and his presbytery in a specific place (LG 23.1; 27.1; 45.2; CD 11.1, etc.). In other passages, the council also calls a union of several dioceses a particular church, which, despite individual theological and legal traditions, maintains unity with the universal church, for instance the churches of the Latin rite (LG 13.4; OE 2–4; cf. Church polity: V, 2.d).


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Hierold, Alfred E., “Particular Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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