Actually all who are not RC call it the Roman Catholic Church, and as I was growing up in the RCC I only heard the church referred to as the Holy Roman Catholic Church,by the Catholics I was with or in contact.<quoted text>
Never too late to correct it. It's a perfect opening for converting Protestants. "Wait, if you thought our name was Roman Catholic, then what other foolishness do you believe?"
It sort of undermines a lot of other nonsense getting that cleared up right off the bat.
The books by the billion that are written by the Catholic Church,refer to their own as the Roman Catholic,so Clay is trying to define his or her church as being just CATHOLIC,when in fact it is the Roman Catholic Church.
The Orthodox consider themselves basically eastern Catholics.The Anglicans consider themselves as Catholic,The Lutherans,Reformed and Methodists call themselves Catholics or as being part of such.
Many prots recite the Apostle's Creed,most say Catholic ,and very few say Christian.
I along with the RCs do find Anglicanism a quandry,as Henry the VIII basically a murderer separated himself from the RCC over his selfish desire for divorce and a life of promiscuity on his part.He was heartless,and because of him many human beings died needlessly over religious factionalism.
Nevertheless Anglicanism is here to stay,many Anglicans are wondering whether they should return to Rome,because of the liberal relativism that has overwhelmed their church.Whole groups of Anglicans are becoming RCs.
But I wonder if they realise how many RCs are liberal relativists as well.My wife's relatives are all liberal Catholics,always bellyaching over how conservative the Pope is,and hoping the next one will be more liberal:allowing women priests,priests to marry, and now gay marriage.
The RCC has as much division iwthin its ranks as any other ism on this planet.To say that the 1.5 billion RCs are united and of one purpose and mind is to L I E to the maximus.
Just because the RCC is going through upheavals over scandals and many evangelical sounding Catholics are voicing their concerns and are allowed to speak for their church,does not mean that the factions do not exist.Liberal Catholicism has been around a long time,the ultra traditionalists are there as well with some of their Pharisaical ideas,wanting to do away with Vatican2.
I cannot buy into the so called ONE HOLY Apostolic Church,as if it is non divided and the rest of us are 42,000 divided mindless idiots.
Christ established a Church after the MINDSET of His Father's kingdom,and spiritually discerned as His Word is also.It is world-wide and supported by the Holy Spirit of Truth WHO was sent to completely direct its movements.
Not saying that the Holy Spirit is only working with certain types of Christians,but that He works all in all to build the kingdom of the Father to every believer that is born of the Spirit of God.As most Christians claim they are somehow touched and endowed by the Holy Spirit,He works with a l l of them.No group or denomination or so called "c h u r c h" remains isolated from the rest to be the ONLY one,but that all are affected and used by the Spirit to call sinners to Christ and make Disciples of all Nations.
We have yet to see what would happen if all Christians would set aside their sectarian beliefs,and rely totally on the S p i r i t,who is the Spirit of Christ.To limit the Lord to one particular facet of Christianity when there are so many who have responded to His call,is naivete to the max.