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The Structure of the Church

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The article presented here, has been written with regards to the conceptions of Catholics in relation to the general structure of the church. Starting from the Statements of the Second Vatican Council and post-counciliary theology, the authors outline a hierarchical, egalitarian and transitive structural principle of the church. After an appropriate operationalization, these three structural principles are to be presented to 441 respondents of Dutch and German parishes. The authors want to investigate to what extent the ecclesiastical discussion is felt at the basis of the Catholic church since the last council. Besides, does the investigation give any information regarding the ecclesiastical preference of Catholics? By means of this research one hopes to get a little closer to the sensus fidei as far as the construction of the church is concerned.


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