Theatre and Theology: Correction to a Correction
"The term 'catholic' means 'universal'--it's a term referring to the inclusive, not exclusive, nature of the church."
In my last "Theatre and Theology" installment, I specified the following:
"...when I refer to 'The Church', I'm referring specifically to the organized, political body -- particularly the self-identified one true Catholic and Apostolic Church -- not the broader sense encompassing all Christians."
I have since been chided by my medievalist sister -- who I'm finally crediting, so there -- with the following:
"In the creed when Roman Catholics say 'the one true catholic and apostolic church' they are NOT referring to the Roman Catholic church--it's not capitalized. The term 'catholic' means 'universal'--it's a term referring to the inclusive, not exclusive, nature of the church. An all-embracing term.
Mom said to say even she knew that. They say it in the Anglican church too."
Well, mea culpa.