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After New France's reorganization in 1663 as a royal colony, the church had to accept state intervention in joint questions (eg, establishment of parishes) and purely religious ones (eg, regulation of religious communities); in return, it could count on state support, which included money.
The first diocese was established in Québec in 1674. It was homogeneous, because Protestants were allowed into the colony only for brief visits (Jansenism).
Priests are responsible for their individual parishes and congregations.
The doctrine of apostolic succession holds that the spiritual authority vested in the apostles by Christ has descended in unbroken succession to the present pope, bishops and priests, who possess this authority in varying degrees. The church has numerous Christian religious communities of both genders; members commit themselves to chastity, as do priests and bishops of the Western rite.
The Roman Catholic Church recognizes 7 religious acts, or sacraments: baptism, normally of infants; confirmation; the Eucharist (communion), celebrated centrally in the mass (public worship) and offered only to the baptized; confession, which involves the petitioner's penance and absolution by a priest; ordination (admission to one of 3 clerical ranks); marriage; and unction (anointing), normally administered only if the recipient is seriously ill or death is imminent.
Government of the church is by a hierarchy of bishops, priests and deacons under the authority of the pontiff (supreme priest), or pope, who is bishop of Rome and the head of the Catholic Church.
The government of the church is located in the Vatican in Rome.
The Greek word katholikos, meaning "general" or "universal," refers most commonly to the Christianity that is in communion with the pope and the Church of Rome, that is, the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church.
, meaning "general" or "universal," refers most commonly to the Christianity that is in communion with the pope and the Church of Rome, that is, the beliefs and practices of a Catholic Church.
Despite the number of Roman Catholic immigrants, and the fact that Roman Catholics remain the largest religious group in Canada, their numbers are declining.