CATHOLIC. A Greek word, meaning universal  or general. The Holy Catholic Church is the visible Church of Christ throughout the world, of all ages, all whose branches have retained unbroken the Apostolical succession in the Ministry. There may be erring Branches of the True Church. Art. xix. declares, "As the Church of Jerusalem, Alexandria, and Antioch have erred, so also the Church of Rome hath erred…."

It is improper to speak of the Roman  Catholic Church simply by the name of Catholic; in England, members of the Church of England are Catholics.