The Parish: Mere Administrative Unit or Local Church?
(FKTh 2017-2, p. 125–137)
In the German-speaking world, diocesan restructuring processes continue to be a constant development. In addition to the model of joining existing parishes to a pastoral care unit / association of parishes, existing parishes are now increasingly united to a new parish. With reference to relevant magisterials texts, in particular the Second Vatican Council, and the norms of canon law, this article asks about the ecclesiological nature of the parish, on the premise that structural action in the Church must always be based on theological and juridical foundations.