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Catholic Word of the Day: CHURCH BUILDING, 12-10-12
| Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
Posted on 12/10/2012 9:07:54 AM PST by Salvation
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In ecclesiastical law a church is a sacred structure devoted to divine worship for the principal purpose of being used by all the faithful for public divine worship. An oratory is different from a church in that it is not principally destined for public worship by all the faithful even though, in the case of a public oratory, they have the right to go there. so, too, a shrine, if principally destined to honor a particular saint in a given locality, is not technically a church.
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It has been my experience that most shrines do have a church very close by, if not on the grounds of the shrine.
posted on 12/10/2012 9:08:00 AM PST
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