- (among Roman Catholics) claiming to possess exclusively the notes or characteristics of the one, only, true, and universal church having unity, visibility, indefectibility, apostolic 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.
- (among Anglo-Catholics) noting or pertaining to the conception of the church as the body representing the ancient undivided Christian witness, comprising all the orthodox churches that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops, and including the Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Church of Sweden, the Old Catholic Church (in the Netherlands and elsewhere), etc.
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Origin of Catholic
OTHER WORDS FROM Catholican·ti-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounnon-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounpro-Cath·o·lic, adjective, nounpseu·do-Cath·o·lic, adjective, noun
Example sentences from the Web for non-catholic
But the order was not followed in non-Catholic countries, causing the Jesuits to continue in Russia and its territories.Pope Francis Is a Jesuit: Seven Things You Need to Know About the Society of Jesus|Caroline Linton|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Non-Catholic writers, and even Catholics, sometimes lose sight of this.Saint Bonaventure|Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
Years ago, the writer was told that no descendant of Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald had ever seen the inside of a non-Catholic school.
If you throw in a few side-lights from the errors of non-Catholic thinkers, so much the better.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
Our non-Catholic countrymen cannot lose Christian civilization without our being compelled to suffer with them.
Though written by a non-Catholic, we can most strongly recommend it as a book of the highest merit.'The Truth of Christianity|William Harry Turton