• WordNet 3.6
    • adj catholic free from provincial prejudices or attachments "catholic in one's tastes"
    • adj Catholic of or relating to or supporting Catholicism "the Catholic Church"
    • n Catholic a member of a Catholic church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Columbia University is the second largest landowner in New York City, after the Catholic Church
    • Catholic A person who accepts the creeds which are received in common by all parts of the orthodox Christian church.
    • Catholic An adherent of the Roman Catholic church; a Roman Catholic.
    • Catholic Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes.
    • Catholic Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act.
    • Catholic Universal or general; as, the catholic faith. "Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in so great and catholic a war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Catholic Church only declared in 1992 that the earth may go round the sun.
    • Catholic Universal; embracing all; wide-extending.
    • Catholic Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; free from prejudice; liberal; possessing a mind that appreciates all truth, or a spirit that appreciates all that is good.
    • Catholic In theology: Originally, intended for all parts of the inhabited world; not confined to one nation, like the Jewish religion, but fitted to include members of all human races: applied to the Christian religion and church.
    • Catholic Constituting, conforming to, or in harmony with the visible church, which extended throughout the whole Roman empire and adjacent countries, possessed a common organization and a system of intercommunion, and regulated dispnted questions by ecumenical councils, as distinguished from local sects, whether heretical or simply schismatic, but especially from those which did not accept the decrees of ecumenical councils: as, the Catholic Church; the Catholic faith. In this sense it is regularly applied to the ancient historical church, its faith and organization down to the time of the great schism between the sees of Rome and Constantinople: as, a Catholic bishop or synod, as distinguished from a Nestorian or Jacobite prelate or council.
    • Catholic Historically derived from the ancient undivided church before the great schism, and acknowledging the decrees of its councils as recognized by the Greek or Eastern Church. The official title of that church is, The Holy Orthodox Catholic Apostolic Oriental Church (ἡ ἁγία ὀρυόδοξος κανολικη\ ἀποστολικη\ ἀνατολικη\ ἐκκλησία).
    • Catholic Claiming unbroken descent (through the apostolic succession) from and conformity to the order and doctrine of the ancient undivided church, and acknowledging the decrees of its councils as received by both the Greek and the Latin Church. In this sense the word Catholic is applied by Anglican writers to their own communion. Claiming to possess exclusively the notes or characteristics of the one, only, true, and universal church—unity, visibility, indefectibility, succession, universality, and sanctity: used in this sense, with these qualifications, only by the Church of Rome, as applicable only to itself and its adherents, and to their faith and organization; often qualified, especially by those not acknowledging these claims, by prefixing the word Roman. More specifically, an epithet distinguishing the faith of the universal Christian church from those opinions which are peculiar to special sects. A designation of certain of the epistles in the New Testament which are addressed to believers generally and not to a particular church. The catholic epistles are James, Peter I. and II., John I., and Jude. John II. and III. are also usually included. Belonging as property to the church at large, as distinguished from a parish or a monastic order: in ancient ecclesiastical literature used to designate certain church buildings, as a bishop's church in contrast with a parish church, or a parish church which was open to all in distinction from monastic churches.
    • n Catholic [capitalized] A member of the universal Christian church.
    • n Catholic [capitalized] A member of the Roman Catholic Church.
    • n Catholic Same as catholicos.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Catholic church, St. Gabriel, an archangel, is the patron saint of telecommunications.
    • adj Catholic kath′ol-ik universal: general, embracing the whole body of Christians: orthodox, as opposed to heterodox and sectarian—applied esp. to the Christian Church before the great schism between the East and the West: liberal, the opposite of exclusive: relating to the name claimed by its adherents for the Church of Rome as the alleged sole visible representative of the church founded by Christ and His apostles—the characteristic marks of the Catholic Church being universality, antiquity, unity: relating to the Roman Catholics
    • n Catholic an adherent of the R.C. Church
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.”
  • Matthew Fox
    Matthew Fox
    “Today's Catholic church seems to reward authoritarian personalities who are clearly ill, violent, sexually obsessed and unable to remember the past.”
  • George Orwell
    “One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.”
  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    “If you're going to do a thing, you should do it thoroughly. If you're going to be a Christian, you may as well be a Catholic.”
  • Shirley Williams
    Shirley Williams
    “The Catholic Church has never really come to terms with women. What I object to is being treated either as Madonna's or Mary Magdalene's.”
  • Erica Jong
    “Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid,: cf. F. catholique,


In literature:

The parochial school and Catholic and Lutheran churches are, in many of the districts studied.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
In the Haldimand election a hand-bill signed, "An Irish Roman Catholic" was circulated.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
Nor did the Roman Catholics of Orange fare much better than their reformed neighbors.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
By the time I left Wentworth's roof I had arranged to share with two Catholic friends a suite of rooms at a private hotel in Dover Street.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
The national presentment of the Catholic Church may err, and may err without losing its Catholicity.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
Catholics are placed side by side in a country, in a city, for them to join in the pursuit of knowledge?
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
To prove this, not only Protestant, but enough of Catholic witnesses also are at hand.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
The applause which greeted their fate came not from the Catholics generally, nor from the Catholics alone.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Every Uniat and Catholic priest was hung up before his own altar, along with a Jew and a hog.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
That brutal old tyrant, Henry the Eighth, was a Roman Catholic at heart, and had faith in himself as an infallible Pope.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
In the Rhine provinces the Catholic faith has most strongly endured.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The Epistle to the Ephesians gives us St. Paul's gospel of the Catholic Church.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
In the mountainous north the propagation of Islam met strong resistance from the Catholics.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
This is a Catholic doctrine.
"Dorothy Page" by Eldridge B. Hatcher
By both father and mother he claimed a descent from Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic of Spain.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Protestants read their histories, Catholics read theirs, and the Catholic version was the true one.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
This whole period of theology, Protestant and Roman Catholic, is statical.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
A Reformed and a Roman Catholic church are also attached to the colony.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Non-Catholics join in the prayers that are said by Catholics.
"The Irish on the Somme" by Michael MacDonagh
To us Catholics, by the act of cutting England from Rome, the principle of Christian Unity was rejected and sacrificed.
"Breaking with the Past" by Francis Aidan Gasquet

In poetry:

But Catholic men that live upon wine
Are deep in the water, and frank, and fine;
Wherever I travel I find it so,
Benedicamus Domino.
"Heretics All" by Hilaire Belloc
"What! still those two infernal questions,
That with our meals our slumbers mix —
That spoil our tempers and digestions —
Eternal Corn and Catholics!
"Corn and Catholics" by Thomas Moore
But soon the reasons why you're loved by all,
Grow infinite, and so pass reason's reach ;
Then back again to implicit faith I fall,
And rest on that the Catholic voice doth teach—
"To The Countess Of Bedford I" by John Donne
The Catholics steady, and truly devout,
Are so hemm'd in by Parsons they cannot get out;
They need not be anxious their own eyes to use,
For the Priest will see for them as long as they chuse.
"The Church-And-King Club;" by William Hutton
Both Catholic and Protestant there may find harbor,
Though I am a Catholic by creed and by prayer.
The South is Virginia, the North is New England.
I'll go in the middle and plant my folk there.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
A Christian, in so catholic a sense,
Can give to none, but partial minds offence;
Forc'd to live under some divided part,
He keeps entire the union of the heart,
The sacred tie of love; by which alone
Christ said that his disciples should be known.
"On Church Communion - Part IV." by John Byrom

In news:

Next fall, Catholic schools across the state will be looking to northwest Bronx parochial schools for answers about how to up enrollment and make Catholic elementary education more economically viable.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has scrapped plans to build a new facility for Lansdale Catholic High School in Hilltown and will instead put the 68-acre site up for sale.
The New York Times columnist (not Catholic) chats online with his colleague Gail Collins (Catholic) about religion and politics and makes a very nifty reference to…the Donatists.
Differences in interfaith dialogue are prompting the Catholic Diocese of Madison to ban two of its nuns from teaching in Catholic churches.
Marin Catholic head football coach Mazi Moayed shouts to players from the sidelines during the Wildcats' game against St Ignatius at Marin Catholic in Kentfield, Calif on Saturday, Sept 1, 2012.
Bethlehem Catholic at Central Catholic high school football.
Billionaire developer Rick Caruso was a major donor and strong force behind the construction of Our Savior Catholic Church, the new Roman Catholic Church consecrated Sunday near the USC campus.
Since the average Knight these days is middle-aged, middle-class and white, unless we attract younger and more diverse Catholics , we may go the way church membership nationally, where one third of those raised Catholic have left the church.
Violate it in favor of Catholics , against non- Catholics , no less readily do they leap from the scabbard.
All of which brings up other questions: if his mental faculties were so frail, why was he still on television offering guidance to Catholics around the world on what constitutes Catholic teachings.
Beyond the divisive dictates of Minnesota's Catholic bishops is the work of human conscience, Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition.
The Tequila Party Movement protested Sheriff Joe Arpaio numerous times at his Catholic Church in his own backyard of Fountain Hills,and in fact we dueled with his Tea Party supporters — but the Phoenix Catholic Diocese did nothing.
The Catholic-School Legacy Will Catholic school s have the chance to continue turning out American leaders.
Mary's Catholic School graduate Meghan Stan remembers her time at St Mary's as a happy, cheerful time, and a time where she learned about her Catholic faith.
Holy Spirit Catholic School A fourth and fifth-grade classroom at Holy Spirit Catholic School has been redesigned to enhance collaboration and interactivity.

In science:

The catholic church, which some years ago apologized for the treatment given to Galileo, has never apologized, however, for the treatment received by Giordano Bruno.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Center for Telecommunication Studies, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, R.
Practical random number generation protocol for entanglement-based quantum key distribution
The authors are undergraduate students of Computer Science at the Catholic University of Petr´opolis.
An Introduction to Logical Operations on Classical and Quantum Bits
PhD thesis, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 2002.
High excitation ISM and gas
This work was done while the author was visiting the Department of Mathematics, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in the period February − May 2005. I wish to thank Prof.
A Note on Doubly Warped Product Contact CR-Submanifolds in trans-Sasakian Manifolds
Marek Szyd lowski‡ Department of Theoretical Physics, Catholic University of Lublin, Al.
Exact solutions for Big Bounce in loop quantum cosmology
In the Catholic religion the two are mediated in the miracle of transubstantiation.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
The authors would like to thank for the excellent LASCO-CME Catalog generated and maintained by the Center for Solar Physics and Space Weather, Catholic University of America, in cooperation with NASA and Naval Research Laboratory.
High Energy Solar Particle Events and their Associated Coronal Mass Ejections
In other words Aquinas’ dialectical root(s) for IP has undone IP from its religious character (at least in the context of the Roman Catholic Church), and as a consequence it has taken IP outside the area dominated by arguments from authority.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
However, let me thank, in addition to the people already mentioned and my long-distance friends, some fellow graduate students, undergraduates, professors in and out of the department, University officials and employees, Catholic priests, and South Bend residents.
A bundle gerbe construction of a spinor bundle from the smooth free loop of a vector bundle