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Church and State
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Because Church and State essentially differ, the relationship between them is always a dialectical one. Though with different ends in view, each claims the allegiance of the same person. The State’s business is to defend and promote the natural goods of its citizens on earth, whereas the Church is called upon to continue …

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Paul Mikat, “Church and State”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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