Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Does the Word Catholic Mean?

by Steve Ray on January 30, 2013

What Does Catholic Mean?
A History of the Word “Catholic”
By Steve Ray

As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.” 

 At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was certainly no evil intent, just a loathing of the Catholic Church and a distinct desire to distance ourself from its heresy and man-made traditions. 

 I assumed that very early in history Catholics deviated from “biblical Christianity” so they simply invented a new word to describe their new society. 

 Since we Evangelicals were supposedly the ones faithful to the Bible we had no interest in the word “catholic” since it was found nowhere between the covers of the Bible. 

 “Catholic” was a biased word loaded with negative baggage so we removed it from the Creed. I should have asked myself “Where did the word “catholic” come from, and what does it mean?” 

 Was I right to assume that Roman Catholics invented the word to set themselves apart from biblical Christianity? 

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Lots of pictures too :-)


(Thanks for all your comments below. Everyone loves hearing them on the bus!)

Today was a marvelous day of adventure, prayer, friendship, and learning the Bible.

We did not want to kill our poor pilgrims who are still a bit weary from jet lag and travel so we took in three important Rosary sites and walked in the footprints of Jesus on top of the Mount of Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth.

Remember that Jesus lived to be thirty-three years old and of those he lived quietly in Nazareth for thirty of those years. We talked about the Annunciation and how the angel met the 15 year old Mary that probably had muddy feet at the time of meeting. We also discussed the typical day in the life of the Holy Family.

The couples all renewed their wedding vows. One couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in Cana today. Well I could say more, but you can see it all for yourself and I hope it helps the Bible come alive for you like it is for all of us.

Discussing the day and all we saw during the free time before dinner





Part 1: Transfiguration and Cana

Part 2: Nazareth and Mass at the Annunciation


Thought you would be interested to read this commentary by Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, on his–and many other Catholics’–concern about the editorial content of “The National Catholic Reporter”. This paper is published in Kansas City and continues to promulgate stances that are not consistent with Catholic teaching. He issued this statement on World Communications Day, January 24, 2013.

You can read his comments HERE.

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