[quote=JimG]I guess you’e right about it starting out as a slam, i.e. “Romanism.” But English speaking Catholics seem to have accepted the use of the term “Roman Catholic Church.”
It’s really not accurate, though, since the universal Catholic Church consists of many rites besides the Roman, and all are in union with the Pope.
So the next time someone tells me about all the horrors of the “Roman Catholic Church,” I’ll just say, gosh, maybe you’re right; I guess I’ll join the Ruthenian Catholic Church.
I accept it only when refering to the Latin rite, but for the whole Church, I say Catholic. I also always try to use Catholic, because I’m Catholic first before Latin.