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What is the difference between Catholic and Roman Catholic?

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fairyfly Fri 26-May-06 15:36:55


MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 15:38:39

catholic with a small C means 'of broad or liberal scope; comprehensive'

Catholic with a big C implies Roman Catholic.

Tommy Fri 26-May-06 15:53:07

Couldn't have put it better myself MrsB!

fairyfly Fri 26-May-06 15:57:28


Mercy Fri 26-May-06 16:04:07

Do you mean as in Anglo Catholic or Roman Catholic?

fairyfly Fri 26-May-06 16:08:27

Well i go to a rroman catholic church and i have no idea what that means in comparison to just a catholic church. I went to an rc school, my boys just got to a catholic schhol

damewashalot Fri 26-May-06 16:09:52

If someone says they are a catholic they mean roman catholic and are just not saying the roman bit.
otherwise that very confusing thing that mrsb said is right

Tommy Fri 26-May-06 16:10:19

it means the same.
The term "Catholic" is usually used these days but probably when you went to school, they used Roman Catholic - that's all.

fairyfly Fri 26-May-06 16:11:00

I see, i was hoping it made me prettier or something.

damewashalot Fri 26-May-06 16:11:29

Crossed posts, in that case no difference unless I was doing a bad job of paying attention during my catholic upbringing

CarolinaMoose Fri 26-May-06 16:11:56

do any Anglicans (i.e. anglo-catholics) actually call themselves Catholics?

e.g. I know of a CofE church where they sing the Angelus daily, but it is still CofE iyswim.

alexsmum Fri 26-May-06 16:22:07

i don't think so.although the anglican creed says ' i believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church' but in this context it means universal.

MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 16:41:19

I think however 'high' any one Anglican church is, its attendees would never describe themselves as Catholic because they don't subscribe to the power structure of the Roman Catholic church, however similar their worship practices are - in short, they don't believe in the Pope.

(well, obviously they believe in him, because he exists, but you know what I mean)

CarolinaMoose Fri 26-May-06 16:44:38

Mrs B, does your cello really have peddles on it?

morningpaper Fri 26-May-06 16:46:33

Anglicans do call themselves catholic

The phrase anglo-catholic is often used for this

It is a well known and reasonably large part of the anglican church

generally liberal

lots of nice gay bishops refer to themselves as anglo-catholic, or catholics within the anglican tradition

MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 16:47:43


which makes it very hard to pedal

(am trying to convince myself of the non-viability of a cello as a means of transport, as I have enough money for either a car or a cello but not both)

CarolinaMoose Fri 26-May-06 17:00:09

bet it doesn't have "peddles", tsk

I've now got a mental image of you astride your cello like Little Cook on his spoon...

MrsBadgerTheCelloPedaller Fri 26-May-06 17:34:19

yes MP, that's what I meant when I said they wouldn't call themselves just plain Catholics - they'd say they were Anglo-Catholic or, as you said, Catholics in the Anglican tradition.

(MrsB dreams of a cello...)

MaryBS Fri 26-May-06 21:00:55

As a RC who is now C of E, I refer to myself as Anglican, or "High" if pushed. Where my mother lives (my mother is still RC), theres the RC church, and the "Anglo-Catholic" church, which is higher than the RC church! I did know someone who was AC while I was RC, and used to tease his sister who was Methodist, by referring to "we Catholics"! Which of course, is completely irrelevant.....

notasheep Fri 26-May-06 21:24:42

Rock Cakes,left footers-all the same to me.
Something to do with Rome maybe

DumbledoresGirl Fri 26-May-06 21:30:47

My grandmother went to an Anglican churhc where the only difference between her service and my Catholic Mass was one word, I think in the Our Father (Lord's Prayer). She even called the vicar a priest and Father X. yet she never described herself as Catholic (although I have met many Anglo Catholics and accept the term exists). In her mind she was "High Anglican".

DumbledoresGirl Fri 26-May-06 21:32:59

Sorry, I guess that adds nothing to the debate does it?

MaryBS Fri 26-May-06 23:03:25

My vicar calls himself a priest, and the kids call him Father X, so its not so uncommon I guess! I've been assisting in teaching Confirmation classes, and there's definitely a blurring of the differences....

chipmonkey Fri 26-May-06 23:56:26

When I was little and most people in Ireland were Catholic, we all called ourselves Catholic and the only people who called us Roman Catholic were our English neighbours who were C of E, I think. I was very puzzled as I knew I wasn't Roman!

bloss Sat 27-May-06 00:46:12

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