CATHOLIC. Its original meaning of "general" or "universal" has taken on a
variety of applications in the course of Christian history. First used by St.
Ignatius of Antioch (A.D. 35-107) (Letter to the Smyrneans, 8, 2), it is now
mainly used in five recognized senses: 1. the Catholic Church as distinct
from Christian ecclesiastical bodies that do not recognize the papal primacy;
2. the Catholic faith as the belief of the universal body of the faithful, namely
that which is believed "everywhere, always, and by all" (Vincentian Canon);
3. orthodoxy as distinguished from what is heretical or schismatical; 4. the
undivided Church before the Eastern Schism of 1054; thereafter the Eastern
Church has called itself orthodox, in contrast with those Christian bodies
which did not accept the definitions of Ephesus and Chalcedon on the
divinity of Christ.
In general, today the term "Catholic" refers to those Christians who profess a continued
tradition of faith and worship and who hold to the Apostolic succession of bishops and
priests since the time of Christ. (Etym. Latin catholicus, universal; Greek katholikos,
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I used the term "Ultra Conservative Catholic" about myself, to make my point.
I believe that I am a "Catholic", nothing more and nothing less. [James 5:12 "let
your "Yes" mean "Yes" and your "No" mean "No,""] I am a Catholic that believes
Jesus is Lord and my personal Savior. I adhere to the teachings of the Catholic
Church which was established and is maintained by Christ. I honor the Saints and
the Blessed mother above all men and women. I am Holy spirit filled and I walk in
the power of God. I was made to know God and love Him and spend eternity with
Him. Out of love for God and my neighbor I share The Good News with others. I am