catholic (Ignatius, 110 AD)
This term is the same word found in the Apostles Creed
("I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church"). The
word comes from the Greek,
, which means
universal. It was used as early as the end of the 1st, early
2nd century by Ignatius of Antioch (d. 110).
Catholic (c. 400 AD)
This word denotes the Roman Catholic Church and its
believers. The technical use of the word to denote the
Roman Church seems to have been established by the
beginning of the 3rd century. The Catholic Church rightly
uses the word in that its beliefs and practice have been
believed everywhere, always, and by all. This is what is
truly and properly catholic.