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Church - Universality of the Church
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Part of Church:

1. History of Ecclesiology

2. Ecclesiology

3. Constitution of the Church

4. Universality of the Church

5. Membership of the Church

1. This article should be regarded as supplementary to the articles Church II (Ecclesiology) and Church and World. To some extent it stands midway between them. Its theme is a topical one, for it is only at the present time that the Church has manifestly and in historical fact become approximately a world-wide Church, as was clearly shown by Vatican II. Quite considerable' consequences follow from this fact for the Church’s action.

2. In a first…

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Karl Rahner, “Church - Universality of the Church”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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