roman catholic?

what's the difference between roman catholic and "regular" catholic?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Catholic Church has consistently referred to itself as the “Catholic Church” at least since 107 C.E., when the term appears in the writings of St. Ignatius of Antioch

    The term "Roman" Catholic is rather recent.

    The new Anglican Church in England started using the term “Roman” in the 1500s as one of many ways of demeaning and demonizing Catholics.

    Catholics accepted this late coming adjective without too much protest. Today “Catholic” and “Roman Catholic” are interchangeable terms. Both terms are even used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

    To add a little more confusion, some apply the term “Roman Catholic Church” only to the Latin Rite Catholic Church, excluding the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches that are in full communion with the Pope, and are part of the same Church, under the Pope.

    Eastern Rite Catholic Churches include:

    Alexandrian liturgical tradition

    • Coptic Catholic Church

    • Ethiopic Catholic Church

    Antiochian (Antiochene or West-Syrian) liturgical tradition

    • Maronite Church

    • Syrian Catholic Church

    • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

    Armenian liturgical tradition:

    • Armenian Catholic Church

    Chaldean or East Syrian liturgical tradition:

    • Chaldean Catholic Church

    • Syro-Malabar Church

    Byzantine (Constantinopolitan) liturgical tradition:

    • Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church

    • Belarusian Greek Catholic Church

    • Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church

    • Byzantine Church of the Eparchy of Križevci

    • Greek Byzantine Catholic Church

    • Hungarian Greek Catholic Church

    • Italo-Albanian Catholic Church

    • Macedonian Greek Catholic Church

    • Melkite Greek Catholic Church

    • Romanian Church

    • Russian Byzantine Catholic Church

    • Ruthenian Catholic Church

    • Slovak Greek Catholic Church

    • Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

    The term “Roman” neither increases nor decreases the faith, hope and love of the Catholic Church.

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    To be Catholic is to believe in certain truths and to accept the pope as head of the Church on Earth. All Catholics are in full unity with each other. There are different traditions of Catholicism, however. This means they all have the same beliefs, but sometimes they have different ways of acting out those beliefs. Each separate tradition is called a rite. So you have the Roman Catholic rite (which is the most common). There is also the Byzantine rite, the Alexandrian rite, the Antiochan rite, the Armenian rite, and the Chaldean rite, among others. Their churches may look a little different, their Masses may be celebrated in a different language, they may have slightly different rules, but all fall under the broad term of Catholics, part of the Catholic Church and subject to the authority of the pope.

  • 1 decade ago

    Roman Catholic refers to someone who belongs to one of the 23 rites (traditions) in the Roman Catholic Church and recognize Pope Benedict XVI as the successor to Peter, the Apostle. In the U.S. this is mostly the Latin Rite, although you'll find some parishes celebrating the Byzantine and other rites. If someone in the U.S. calls themselves "Catholic" they generally mean they are members of, believe in, or at one time belonged to the Roman Catholic Church. It's just shorthand.

    Catholic, on it's own, means "universal" and is meant to show that a church, community, person or idea derives directly from the first Christians, whether as a community or in the ideology. Hence you will often hear of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, Anglican Catholic Communion, etc. These tend to resemble the Roman Catholic Church in liturgy, theology, and hierarchy, though they don't recognize the authority of the Pope as deriving from Peter.

    Other churches will use the term "Apostolic" to express the same idea of being derived from the Apostles, but to emphasize a separation from Roman Catholicism and other Catholic ideas.

  • Midge
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Not all Catholics or should I say people who call themselves Catholic, are in union with the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church but, usually if a Church is not in schism with the Roman Catholic Church it is still considered Catholic.

    Sorry but the person below is not correct. Not all Catholics are subject to the Pope. Most are but, some who call themselves Catholic do not view the Pope as their head.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Roman Catholic Church is the common name for the Latin Rite Catholic Church, which is the predominate church in the West.

    There are a total of 23 rites in the Catholic Church. The Eastern Catholic Churches are in full communion of faith and of acceptance of authority of the See of Rome, but retain their distinctive liturgical rites, laws and customs, traditional devotions and have their own theological emphases.

    The name of some of these Eastern Rite churches are Alexandrian, Antiochian, Armenian, Byzantine and Chaldean., Alexandrian,

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The name refers to the same church....sort of. Roman catholic is a name that Protestants gave the Catholic church because the word catholic means UNIVERSAL church. Protestants didn't like the idea of the Catholic church co-opting the word which they also use in the Apostle's creed.

    The entity that the Protestants refer to as the Roman Catholic Church still refers to itself as just The Catholic Church.

  • Acorn
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Roman Catholics have the center of the Church in Rome.

    I dunno what a "regular" Catholic might be, unless you're comparing it to a "super unleaded" Catholic like Midge. :)

    The distinction is mainly used to designate Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox (Easter Orthodox) Catholics, whose see is in Constantanople. There are also "Latin Rite Catholics" too, whom I think are a subset of the Roman Catholic Church, and "Gnostic Catholics," which I'm not sure what they are, but I bet you could google it and find out. :)

  • 6 years ago

    Catholics call themselves just Catholic. Roman Catholic is usually used as a derogatory term by non-Catholics.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    People still belong to that phone institution? Wow, this is 2015. Do they still believe in Santa?

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