Catholic 2 of 2 noun Cath· o· lic ˈkath-lik ˈka-thə- 1 : a member of a Catholic church especially : roman catholic 2 : a person who belongs to the universal Christian church Synonyms Adjective all-around all-round all-purpose general general-purpose unlimited unqualified unrestricted unspecialized See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus
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The term catholicism is the English form of Late Latin catholicismus, an abstract noun based on the adjective catholic. The Modern Greek equivalent καθολικισμός katholikismos is back-formed and usually refers to the Catholic Church. The terms catholic, catholicism, and catholicity are closely related to the use of the term Catholic Church.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms. A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment.
The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with 1.3 billion baptized Catholics worldwide as of 2019.   It is among the world's oldest and largest international institutions, and has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilization .
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By Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek. Sunday, January 29, 2023. Cardinals, bishops, and priests who promote the “New Morality” believe that pastoral accompaniment requires accepting the behavior of anyone whose conscience is firmly, yet innocently, mistaken (for example, regarding sexuality). In reality, this approach withholds the grace-filled truth Jesus brings to correct both guilty and innocent consciences, so that we can live freely and abundantly.
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