There is another thread runnning on the apologetics forum about the same topic running on this one.
It is rather amusing but I understand the sensitivities to it. I heard Fr. Pacwa discussing the issue last night (he did not like Roman either and stated it was inaccurate).
But you have:
Orthodox - they are the Catholic Church
Old Catholics (Utrecht) - they are the Catholic Church
Anglicans claim some variation since they too trace back to the apostles
Various home grown American “Catholic” Churches which I listed only a few of on the other thread.
Far worse is the tendency (very common) for even Catholics to say things like “Oh…I am not Christian, I am Catholic”. They mean well but I have heard both Protestants and Roman (pardon me) Catholics differentiate between Christians (ie Protestants) and Catholics. A military Chaplain (Catholic Priest) nearly passed out at a staff meeting when a parish coordinator (Protestant) said “I used to be Catholic but now I am Christian”. He was tired of hearing people who were Catholics say the same thing. Most often, especially when Roman (pardon me) Catholics say, “I am not Christian I am Catholic” they do it out of ignorance and certainly not malice BUT it is funny.
In any case, I think we need to be respectful. Catholics based in Rome have a right to call themselves the Catholic Church and I respect that. BUT I also must respect the right of various other groups to call themselves the same thing (eg Old Catholics - Utrecht). Frankly, if you do not intend to insult them you must do the same using the logic here.
If I were a Catholics whose HQ is in Rome (I am trying to figure out how to say this and point to the right church) I would not mind being called a Roman Catholic. It is quite clear which church I belong to. I think people who fear that term have an American inferiority complex over the anti Catholicism this country experienced and distaste for seeming linkage to foreign non WASP entitites.
Rev North (Anglo Catholic)