Catholic

Definition of Catholic

Cath´o`lic   Pronunciation: kăth´ô`ĭk
a.1.Universal or general; as, the catholic faith.
Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in so great and catholic a war.
- Southey.
2.Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes.
3.Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act.
Catholic epistles
the epistles of the apostles which are addressed to all the faithful, and not to a particular church; being those of James, Peter, Jude, and John.
n.1.A person who accepts the creeds which are received in common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church.
2.An adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic.
Old Catholic
the name assumed in 1870 by members of the Roman Catholic church, who denied the ecumenical character of the Vatican Council, and rejected its decrees, esp. that concerning the infallibility of the pope, as contrary to the ancient Catholic faith.

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