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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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Name applied to the Church of Scotland at the Western Assembly. It is also used instead of the word "church" to distinguish the Established Church of Scotland from the Catholic, Anglican, and reformed churches. It is the form also used in parts of Northern England. (Etym. Anglo-Saxon cirice, circe, church.)

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