(The). The Church considered as a whole, as
distinguished from parish churches. When the Western Church broke off
from the Eastern, the Eastern Church called itself the Orthodox Church,
and the Western Church adopted the term Catholic. At the Reformation
the Western Church was called by the Reformers the Roman Catholic
Church, and the British Established Church was called the “Protestant
Church,” the “Reformed National Church,” or the “Anglo-Catholic
Church.” It is foolish and misleading to call the Anglican Church the
Catholic Church, as at most it is only a branch thereof. No Protestant
would think of calling himself a Catholic.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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