Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Steve’s Virtual Tour of Bethlehem with Teresa Tomeo

by Steve Ray on December 23, 2014

I will be on Ave Maria Radio along with Teresa Tomeo to do a “A Virtual Tour of Bethlehem – Then and Now”. You can join us on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN or SIRIUS, or through the Internet at www.AveMariaRadio.net.

Archived show HERE for December 24, 2nd Hour. Listen HERE. Listen on iTunes HERE.


What Does the Word Catholic Mean?

by Steve Ray on December 23, 2014

What Does Catholic Mean?
A History of the Word “Catholic”
By Steve Ray

As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.” 

 At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was certainly no evil intent, just a loathing of the Catholic Church and a distinct desire to distance ourself from its heresy and man-made traditions. 

 I assumed that very early in history Catholics deviated from “biblical Christianity” so they simply invented a new word to describe their new society. 

 Since we Evangelicals were supposedly the ones faithful to the Bible we had no interest in the word “catholic” since it was found nowhere between the covers of the Bible. 

 “Catholic” was a biased word loaded with negative baggage so we removed it from the Creed. I should have asked myself “Where did the word “catholic” come from, and what does it mean?” 

 Was I right to assume that Roman Catholics invented the word to set themselves apart from biblical Christianity? 

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Lots of pictures too :-)