Catholic vs Roman Catholic
Catholics and Roman Catholics beliefs do not differ drastically, though there are some differences between them. As a matter of fact, the Roman Catholic is one of the oldest religions of the world and by far the largest Christian group. Roman Catholics pray to Mary and saints. They adore angels too.
Orthodox Catholic Church is headed by a Patriarch whereas the Roman Catholic Church is headed by a Pope. The word Catholic is coined from the Greek word ‘katholou’ meaning ‘throughout the world’, ‘universal’ or ‘general’. The word was first used by the early Christians to describe their religion and belief.
According to the Catholics Jesus is the savior of mankind. The Greek ‘katholikos’ became the word ‘Catholics’. The word also means ‘according to the whole’. Since the Catholics are firm believers of Jesus, all the Catholic Churches are the churches of Christ.
The major difference between Catholicism and Roman Catholicism lies in the performance of rites. The Roman Catholics resort to the Latin rites whereas the orthodox Catholics resort to the Byzantine rites.
The word ‘Catholic’ can be understood in different ways. The word could be taken to mean, ‘of or involving the Roman Catholic Church’, ‘of or relating to the universal Christian Church’, ‘of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church’ or ‘of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church’.
Roman Catholic is considered sometimes as a word that distinguishes it from all the other type of churches. As a matter of fact the Holy Roman Catholic and the Apostolic Church refers to Rome. Consider the two sentences, ‘He believes in the Holy Catholic Church’ and ‘He has a very catholic taste in dance’. In the first sentence the word ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’ and in the second sentence too the meaning is not changed.