- a visible society of baptized Christians professing the same faith under the authority of the invisible head (Christ) and the authority of the visible head (the pope and the bishops in communion with him).
Origin of Catholic Church
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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- short for Roman Catholic Church
- any of several Churches claiming to have maintained continuity with the ancient and undivided Church
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