The Catholic Church

When did the Cathloic church first get the name the Roman Catholic church .and why

I think the official name is still just The Catholic Church. Not the Roman Catholic Church.

It technically just labels that Catholic’s rite. There are 23 different rites of Catholicism, with Roman Catholicism being the largest. There’s the Melkite Rite, Chaldean Rite, Ethiopian Rite, etc. etc.

It also, if I recall, was a slur used by Engish protestants to differentiate the Roman ‘version’ of Catholicism from what they were saying was just as valid a ‘version’ of English Catholicism.

The correct way to identify the Church and its’ rite would be to say “The Catholic Church of the Roman rite”. As has been pointed out there are Catholic Churches but of different rites, all however are “Catholic” The official name of the Church is “The Catholic Church” and it is improper to call it the “Roman Catholic” Church, sadly there are many Catholics that do not know better.

The catholic Church is the one true Church founded by Christ. The Roman Catholic church was NOT founded by Christ. One is an institution created by man and the other is not an institution and was founded by Christ.

By the way, there are 8 different rites of the Catholic Church.

Jesus Christ is Lord?

Who created/founded the institution called the Roman Catholic Church?

Hi **SIA, **

I am piggybacking on this one and would like a full reasoned and historically supported answer.

When the Emperor moved the seat to Constantinople, there was no secular authority with enough structure to manage the affairs of the region. At that point, the Successor of Peter, for better or for worse, accepted this authority,becoming the Pontiff of the Holy Roman Empire. Thus began the union of Church and State, and the seeds that would eventually create the Reformation.

During the Reformation, the Protestants, being ignorant of the nature of the Catholic Church not being only Latin in character, began to insult the Church by referring to it as “Roman”, and Catholics as “Romanists” and “Papists”.

This is like asking when the Roman Empire started. It didn’t just pop into existence out of nowhere. It evolved. That’s the problem. The Roman Catholic church has evolved far beyond what it should have.

It is icrementalism. The story of cooking the frog slowly changing the water temperature little by littleso that you dont realize what is happening.

Says the man whose Church was created by a philandering monarch in the 1500’s?

How do you unboil the frog?

You don’t. It’s dead. You get a new one.

So the choice left to someone who believes that the Catholic Church has added to much to stuff to the original faith is only left with the option to belong to a church NOT started by Christ?

The Catholic Church is a communion of 23 sui iuris Churches (particular Churches), East and West.

The West is represented by the Roman Catholic Church, or the Catholic Church of the Roman (or Latin) Rite. It is headed by the Pope as Bishop of Rome. More than 99% of all Catholics belong to this particular Church.

The East is represented by 22 sui iuris Churches grouped under 4 families of liturgical Rites:

(1) Anthiochian, 5 particular Churches;
(2) Armenian, 1 particular Church;
(3) Byzantine, 14 particular Churches; and
(4) Alexandrian, 2 particular Churches.

Although there are 6 patriarchal Eastern Catholic Churches, the universal pastor of the Catholic Church is the Pope as Supreme Pontiff.

It happened very early I think Clement in 90 AD refers to the Catholic Church meant Universal. Roman just indicates the Pontiff’s location.

Also all the cool churches in 70 AD were doing it. Rome just tagged along (that was a joke.)

The word “Catholic” appears to have been coined very early on to distinguish it from gnostic and heterodox groups which were making competing claims to be the church Jesus founded.

The word means “universal” but very early on it appears to have had the functioning meaning of “Nicene”.

Before the reformation it seems to have been little more than an adjective used to describe the church’s consistency and connectivity with the church of the apostles and their confession. In the middle ages, if it was listed in the title of the church it appears to have been a significant and meaningful encrustation and no longer so much a demarcation.

I always find this interesting. The Catholic church’s definition of church is broad and practically all-encompassing, but when it comes to belonging to the “right” one, the definition becomes so specific it is ridiculous. So, which definition of church are we talking about here? Just so I’m clear.