Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 8th March 2021 in Etymology | catholic,Church fathers,Church history,etymology,roman catholic,eastern orthodox,Great Schism,Muratorian Fragment
For many people today, non-Christians and (low Church
) Christians alike, when the
y hear the
word “Catholic”, certain images spring to mind: the
rosery, Catholic school, big old Church
es buildings, choirboys, maybe monks or statues of
Mary even; and sadly more recently, sex abuse scandals.
But, generally speaking, all of the
se are actually aspects of
Roman Catholicism — a particular branch of
Christianity, and not what the
word “catholic” truly means as we’ll see when examining how the
word and what the
original Greek word means.
Greek word where we get the
English word “c...