- the Roman Catholic Church, sometimes with the Anglican Church, or, more broadly, the Christian churches of the West.
Origin of Western Church
First recorded in 1620–30
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- the part of Christendom that derives its liturgy, discipline, and traditions principally from the patriarchate of Rome, as contrasted with the part that derives these from the other ancient patriarchates, esp that of Constantinople
- the Roman Catholic Church, sometimes together with the Anglican Communion of Churches
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