Catholic Church

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  • Catholic church — Church Church (ch[^u]rch), n. [OE. chirche, chireche, cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe, cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako n the Lord s house, fr. kyriako s concerning a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catholic Church — This article is about the church in communion with the See of Rome. For other uses, see Catholic Church (disambiguation). Roman Christianity redirects here. For other uses, see Roman Christianity (disambiguation). Part of a series on the Catholic …   Wikipedia

  • Catholic Church — noun any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑church, ↑Christian church • Hyponyms: ↑Roman Catholic, ↑Western Church, ↑Roman Catholic Churc …   Useful english dictionary

  • Catholic Church —    Traditionally, the Catholic Church in Latin America belonged to a triumvirate that included the military and the ruling elite. In the 1960s liberation theology challenged the Latin American church to abandon its traditional alliances and side… …   Historical Dictionary of the “Dirty Wars”

  • Catholic Church — /kæθlɪk ˈtʃɜtʃ/ (say kathlik cherch) noun 1. the universal Christian church; the entire body of Christians, especially up to the point of separation of the Eastern and Western Churches. 2. a. the ancient, undivided Christian church before… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Catholic Church —    In the broadest sense, all Churches that profess the Nicene Creed consider themselves Catholic. In addition, a number of Churches that accept the doctrines and practices of the early Church and celebrate the sacramentsconsider themselves… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Catholic Church — noun a) Literally universal church , the whole body of Christendom, especially before the division into Western and Eastern churches. b) The Roman Catholic Church, which consists of 23 particular Churches in full communion with the Bishop of Rome …   Wiktionary

  • Catholic Church — ♦ Derived from the Greek word catholicos, universal ; adpoted in the second century by one group of Christians to distinguish themselves from their rivals, particularly the gnostic Christians; more generally, Catholic describes those Christian… …   Medieval glossary

  • Catholic Church — Rom. Cath. Ch. a visible society of baptized Christians professing the same faith under the authority of the invisible head (Christ) and the authority of the visible head (the pope and the bishops in communion with him). [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Catholic Church — Roman Western branch of Christianity whose head is the Pope …   English contemporary dictionary

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