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a term referring to a universal church, e.g. the Roman Catholic Church, in place of the more generic term CHURCH. See also CHURCH-SECT TYPOLOGY.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the most common name for the popular assembly in ancient Greece. In the Athens of Pericles (mid-fifth century B.C.) and in other democratic poleis, or city-states, the ecclesia was the highest governmental body. It elected officials and exercised legislative, executive, and judicial power. In oligarchic poleis the authority of the ecclesia was limited by other governmental bodies, such as councils and collegia.

In many poleis, the popular assembly was given a special name; the term apella was used in Sparta, the term agora in Delphi and the cities of Thessaly, and the term alia in Argos, Epidaurus, Gela, and Acragas (present-day Agrigento). Writers of late antiquity used the word “ecclesia” to refer to the place where a popular assembly was held.

In Christian writings, “ecclesia” may mean either the community of believers or the church as a whole.

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Ahora bien, esta Iglesia de Jerusalen, que aparecia localmente determinada, no era una iglesia local (o particular), en el sentido actual de esta expresion; es decir, no era una Portio populi Dei [...], una iglesia particular concreta, como dice la Carta, sino el Populus Dei, la Ecclesia universalis, la Iglesia que habla todas las lenguas y, en este sentido, madre de todas las iglesias particulares, las cuales, a traves de los Apostoles, naceran de ella como hijas.
Quae autem docent sacramentorum differentiam, respiciunt ad rem et eius efficientiam, quae foris non obtinetur quaeque intus a malis non habetur, quanquam tamen corporis Christi essentia indifferenter tam per malos quam apud bonos ministros inveniatur, a quibus ecclesia non contradicente missa celebratur; quam qui carentes officio celebrant, si nunquam ordinati fuerunt, nec speciem sacramenti habere dicendi sunt, quae ordinatis et officio privatis denegari non potest propter officii sacramentum, quod auferri non potest etiam his quibus aufertur officium (47).
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