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  • Do us all a favor, be accurate and call “it” Roman Catholic” not just Catholic,
    as it is, at times confusing and it also implies that “it” is THE Universal church,
    which, of course it is not. Roman is specific and distinctive. IT does not
    speak for ALL Christian churches.

  • Mary Clark

    I am pretty sure most people don’t take the word “Catholic” literally, if they even know what the word actually means; common usage is as shorthand for Roman Catholic. Most Roman Catholics I know refer to themselves as “Catholic,” and we all know that if they were Protestants they’d NEVER say they were “Catholic.” Pedantry isn’t appropriate here; please don’t speak for “us all.”

  • Anthony Zarrella

    Noreen, “Roman Catholic” is simply not accurate. The title of the Church is simply “the Catholic Church” – “Roman” is a descriptor added as a pejorative term by Protestants and Anglicans during the British Protestant vs. Catholic disputes (to emphasize that Catholicism was “Roman” and therefore foreign, unlike the “Church of England”).

    The Catholic Church encompasses not only the Latin (“Roman”) Particular Church, but also 21 other sui juris Particular Churches (sometimes called “Rites”), including Byzantine, Armenian, Coptic, Maronite, and many others.

    Every Protestant denomination gets to be called by its own self-designated title – why should the Catholic Church not get that same privilege? We were using the name *LONG* before anyone else laid claim to it, after all.

  • Thibodeau

    You are flat out wrong in this. There is a fast rising effort to reclaim to reclaim the universality of catholic religious practice from the Roman branch of our church.

    As a regular reader I would much appreciate it if writers referred to the Roman Catholic church, as such, rather than distorting the truth of truth of the Nicene Creed for all the many who share it as a confessional statement of our faith.

  • Thibodeau

    All who share the Nicene creed as a confessional statement of faith are catholic. Truth is not dictated from Rome, merely policy for its members.

  • Larry

    Splitting hairs on an irrelevance here. Nobody outside of theology classes uses “catholic” in lower case very much. In the vernacular Roman Catholic and Catholic (upper case important here) is synonymous.