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p. 1006. Characteristics of Catholicismlocked

  • Gerald O’Collins

Abstract

The culturally, geographically, and ritually diverse character of Catholic worship and life raises the question: What holds it all together? ‘Characteristics of Catholicism’ considers whether there is an identifiable Catholic worldview, and whether there are characteristics of Catholicism that show through the variety of cultural and ritual expressions of Catholic life around the globe. One unifying factor is governance by bishops; another is the celebration of the seven sacraments. In terms of attitudes it is possible to identify a desire to incorporate all material reality into sacramental and devotional life, a willingness to hold together, often in tension, things that others separate or even oppose, and a concern for unity.

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