5. 'Catholic' - Not In Some Parish Names?


Why Is 'Catholic' Missing From Some Church Names?

The amount of data contained in each directory listing is substantial and each listing had to be manually entered, as there was no available database from which the data could be uploaded. As a consequence, it was considered essential to make use of any opportunity that would reduce the number of keystrokes required.

There are some Churches sui iuris for which either there is no counterpart Orthodox Church or the counterpart Orthodox Church does not style itself by the same name. As a result, the temples of these Churches are recognizable as Catholic by the very name of the Church sui iuris to which each belongs and inclusion of the word 'Catholic' was considered superfluous.

The Churches sui iuris of which this is true are: the Croatian; Italo-Greico-Albanian; Maronite; Melkite; Ruthenian; and, Syro-Malabar Churches. Consequently, the word 'Catholic' is not used in naming their temples.

No one has asked yet, but someone will ...  The term 'Catholic' was not initially used in the names of Chaldean temples, as that terminology was historically only used by Catholics. However, some temples of the Assyrian Church now include it in their name, just as some temples of the Chaldean Church sui iuris are now styled as 'Assyro-Chaldean'.   


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