30 Facts About Latin Church


Latin Church is the largest particular church within the Catholic Church, whose members constitute the vast majority of the 1.

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The Latin Church is one of 24 churches in communion with the pope; the other 23 are referred to as the Eastern Catholic Churches, and have approximately 18 million members combined.

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The Latin Church traditionally employs the Latin liturgical rites, which since the mid-twentieth century are very often translated into the vernacular language.

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Latin Church is directly headed by the Pope in his role as the Bishop of Rome, whose cathedra as a bishop is located in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome, Italy.

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The Latin Church historically developed within, and has strongly influenced Western culture; as such, it is known as the Western Church.

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Catholic Latin Church teaches that its bishops are the successors of Jesus' apostles, and that the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter upon whom primacy was conferred by Jesus Christ.

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Latin Church was in full communion with what is referred to as the Eastern Orthodox Church until the East-West schism of Rome and Constantinople in 1054.

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Part of the Catholic Church in the West is called the Latin Church to distinguish itself from Eastern Catholic Churches, which are under the pope's primacy.

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Term Latin Church Catholic refers to followers of the Latin Church liturgical rites, of which the Roman Rite is predominant.

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Accordingly, "Rite" has been defined as "a division of the Christian Latin Church using a distinctive liturgy", or simply as "a Christian Latin Church".

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The majority of Eastern Christian Churches broke full communion with the Bishop of Rome and the Latin Church, following various theological and jurisdictional disputes in the centuries following the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451.

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Several forms of the Latin Church rite have always existed, and were only slowly withdrawn, as a result of the coming together of the different parts of Europe.

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Canon law for the Latin Church is codified in the Code of Canon Law, of which there have been two codifications, the first promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 and the second by Pope John Paul II in 1983.

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Latin Church helped shape Latin Christianity, and is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in the Latin Church for his writings in the Patristic Period.

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So, lastly, does the very name of Catholic, which, not without reason, amid so many heresies, the Latin Church has thus retained; so that, though all heretics wish to be called Catholics, yet when a stranger asks where the Catholic Latin Church meets, no heretic will venture to point to his own chapel or house.

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Latin Church was influenced by the works of Virgil, and Cicero (known for his teaching on argument).

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Latin Church dealt with the concept of a just price, normally its market price or a regulated price sufficient to cover seller costs of production.

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Latin Church argued it was immoral for sellers to raise their prices simply because buyers were in pressing need for a product.

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Latin Church's teaching unfolded over the course of three major controversies, with the Italo-Greek Barlaam between 1336 and 1341, (2) with the monk Gregory Akindynos between 1341 and 1347, and (3) with the philosopher Gregoras, from 1348 to 1355.

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Filioque is a Latin Church term added to the original Nicene Creed, and which has been the subject of great controversy between Eastern and Western Christianity.

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Latin Church who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come.

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Some Catholic saints and theologians have had sometimes conflicting ideas about purgatory beyond those adopted by the Catholic Latin Church, reflecting or contributing to the popular image, which includes the notions of purification by actual fire, in a determined place and for a precise length of time.

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Speculations and popular imaginings that, especially in late medieval times, were common in the Western or Latin Church have not necessarily found acceptance in the Eastern Catholic Churches, of which there are 23 in full communion with the Pope.

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Latin Christianity's identification of Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany was reflected in the arrangement of the General Roman Calendar until this was altered in 1969, reflecting the fact that by then the common interpretation in the Catholic Church was that Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene and the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus were three distinct women.

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The Jansenist movement, which the Catholic Latin Church declared to be heretical, maintained that original sin destroyed freedom of will.

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Instead the Western Catholic Latin Church declares: "Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ's grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.

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Latin Church stated that Mary, rather than being cleansed after sin, was completely prevented from contracting original sin in view of the foreseen merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race.

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Since the Second Council of Orange against semi-pelagianism, the Catholic Latin Church has taught that even had man never sinned in the Garden of Eden and was sinless, he would still require God's grace to remain sinless.

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Latin Church concludes: "for Mary, death, in consequence of her freedom from original sin and from personal sin, was not a consequence of punishment of sin.

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Latin Church's has passed beyond death and judgement, and lives wholly in the Age to Come.

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