A particular church Latin : ecclesia particularis is an ecclesiastical community of faithful headed by a bishop or equivalent , as defined by Catholic canon law and ecclesiology.
A liturgical rite depends on the particular church the bishop or equivalent belongs to. Thus "particular church" refers to an institution, and "liturgical rite" to its practices. Philosophy, theology, and fundamental theory of canon law.
Juridic and physical persons.
Associations of the faithful. Institute of consecrated life. Society of apostolic life. In Catholic ecclesiology , a church is an assembly of the faithful , hierarchically ordered, both in the entire world the Catholic Church , or in a certain territory a particular church. To be a sacrament a sign of the Mystical Body of Christ in the world, a church must have both a head and members Col.
Thus, the church is fully present sacramentally by way of a sign wherever there is a sign of Christ the head, a bishop and those who assist him, and a sign of Christ's body, Christian faithful.
The word "church" is applied to the Catholic Church as a whole, which is seen as a single church: the multitude of peoples and cultures within the church, and the great diversity of gifts, offices, conditions and ways of life of its members, are not opposed to the church's unity. Within the Catholic Church there are local particular churches, of which dioceses are the most familiar form. Other forms include territorial abbacies , apostolic vicariates and apostolic prefectures.
The Code of Canon Law states: "Particular Churches, in which and from which the one and only Catholic Church exists, are principally dioceses. Unless the contrary is clear, the following are equivalent to a diocese: a territorial prelature, a territorial abbacy, a vicariate apostolic, a prefecture apostolic and a permanently established apostolic administration.
Within the Catholic Church there are also aggregations of local particular churches that share a specific liturgical, theological, spiritual, and canonical heritage, distinguished from other heritages on the basis of cultural and historical circumstances. These are known as autonomous " sui iuris " churches. The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches defines such a church as follows: "A group of Christ's faithful hierarchically linked in accordance with law and given express or tacit recognition by the supreme authority of the Church is in this Code called an autonomous Church.
Although each of them has its own specific heritage, they are all in full communion with the Pope in Rome. Unlike "families" or "federations" of churches formed through the grant of mutual recognition by distinct ecclesial bodies,  the Catholic Church considers itself a single church " full communion , "one Body" composed of a multitude of particular churches, each of which, as stated, is an embodiment of the fullness of the one Catholic Church.
For the particular churches within the Catholic Church, whether autonomous ritual churches e. Theologically, each is considered to be the embodiment in a particular place or for a particular community of the one, whole Catholic Church.
There are 24 autonomous churches: one Latin Church and twenty-three Eastern Catholic Churches , a distinction by now more historical than geographical. The term sui iuris means, literally, "of its own law", or self-governing.
Although all of the particular churches espouse the same beliefs and faith, their distinction lies in their varied expression of that faith through their traditions, disciplines, and canon law. All are in communion with the Holy See. For this kind of particular church, the Code of Canon Law uses the unambiguous phrase "autonomous ritual Church" Latin: Ecclesia ritualis sui iuris.
The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches , which is concerned principally with what the Second Vatican Council called "particular Churches or rites", shortened this to "autonomous Church" Latin: Ecclesia sui iuris.
In Catholic teaching , each diocese Latin Church term or eparchy Eastern term is also a local or particular church, though it lacks the autonomy of the autonomous churches described above:. A diocese is a section of the People of God entrusted to a bishop to be guided by him with the assistance of his clergy so that, loyal to its pastor and formed by him into one community in the Holy Spirit through the Gospel and the Eucharist, it constitutes one particular church in which the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ is truly present and active.
The Code of Canon Law , which is concerned with the Latin Church alone and so with only one autonomous particular church, uses the term "particular Church" only in the sense of "local Church", as in its Canon It is within the competence of the supreme authority alone to establish particular Churches; once they are lawfully established, the law itself gives them juridical personality.
The standard form of these local or particular churches, each of which is headed by a bishop , is called a diocese in the Latin Church and an eparchy in the Eastern churches. At the end of , the total number of all these jurisdictional areas or "sees" was 2, The Holy See , the Diocese of Rome , is seen as the central local church.
The bishop , the Pope , is considered to be, in a unique sense, the successor of Saint Peter , the chief or "prince" of the apostles. Quoting the Second Vatican Council's document Lumen gentium , the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, 'is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.
All the Catholic particular churches, whether Latin or Eastern, local or autonomous—are by definition in full communion with the Holy See of Rome. The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches defines "rite" as follows: "Rite is the liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary heritage, distinguished according to peoples' culture and historical circumstances, that finds expression in each autonomous church's way of living the faith.
As thus defined, "rite" concerns not only a people's liturgy manner of worship , but also its theology understanding of doctrine , spirituality prayer and devotion , and discipline canon law.
In this sense of the word "rite", the list of rites within the Catholic Church is identical with that of the autonomous churches, each of which has its own heritage, which distinguishes that church from others, and membership of a church involves participation in its liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary heritage.
However, "church" refers to the people, and "rite" to their heritage. The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches states that the rites with which it is concerned but which it does not list spring from the following five traditions: Alexandrian , Antiochian , Armenian , Chaldean , and Constantinopolitan.
Catholic particular churches and liturgical rites
The word "rite" is sometimes used with reference only to liturgy, ignoring the theological, spiritual and disciplinary elements in the heritage of the churches. In this sense, "rite" has been defined as "the whole complex of the liturgical services of any Church or group of Churches". Between "rites" in this exclusively liturgical sense and the autonomous churches there is no strict correspondence, such as there is when "rite" is understood as in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
The 14 autonomous churches of Byzantine tradition have a single liturgical rite, but vary mainly in liturgical language, while on the contrary the single Latin Church has several distinct liturgical rites , whose universal main form, the Roman Rite , is practised in Latin or in the local vernacular.
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Main article: Eastern Catholic Churches. Bishop Joseph Werth of Novosibirsk has been appointed by the Holy See as ordinary to the Eastern Catholic faithful in Russia, although not as exarch of the dormant apostolic exarchate and without the creation of a formal ordinariate.
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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. For this reason, the universal Church cannot be conceived as the sum of the particular Churches, or as a federation of particular Churches.
It is not the result of the communion of the Churches, but, in its essential mystery, it is a reality ontologically and temporally prior to every individual particular Church" Communionis notio , 9.
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