The author, Rev. Fr. Joseph S. Benitez was ordained a priest by The Most Rev. Dinualdo D. Gutierrez, DD., Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel, on June 11, 1993 at Santa Cruz Parish, Maasim, Sarangani Province. Maasim was a former municipality of South Cotabato in the South Central Mindanao, Philippines.
This blog is my simple contribution towards the proclamation and explanation of the Catholic Faith. According to Fr. Anthony Merinelli (The Word Made Flesh An Overview of the Catholic Faith 1992 p. 32), that Catholic Faith is open to the universal experience of what it means to be a human being. it is intended for all and includes all. Catholicism is never to be exclusive. Within the Catholic Church there have always been competing ideas, thoughts, and cultures. It is big enough for everyone.
Faith is from the Latin word meaning, “belief.” it is the objective, revealed truth believed in (fides quae) or the subjective personal commitment to God (fides qua).
And the word catholic derives from the Late Latin catholicus and from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning “throughout the whole,” i.e., “universal.”
The term has been incorporated into the name of the largest Christian communion, the Roman Catholic Church, which consists of 23 churches sui iuris, in full communion with the Bishop of Rome (The Pope). The largest of these, the Latin Rite, consists of nearly 95% of the population of the Roman Catholic Church; the remaining 5% consist of the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches.
It was first used to describe the Christian Church in the early 2nd century to emphasize its universal scope.The combination “the Catholic Church” (he katholike ekklesia) is found for the first time in the letter of St. Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans, written about the year 110. The words run: “Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be, even as where Jesus may be, there is the universal [katholike] Church.”