[quote=Shibboleth]I am not totally understanding your question but here goes…
Of course catholic and Catholic are two different things. I think some people posting either missed this or are unaware of the difference. Small ‘c’ catholic stands for the universal Church of all believers that are Baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy spirit and abide by all that is included in that Apostles Creed. Big ‘C’ Catholic is common name for the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic faith is such that the only True Church is the Catholic Church and all others are incorrect even though they indeed contain Christians.
The protestant denominations view is such that all churches belong on the catholic church – we are subdivisions if you will of the same one holy, catholic, and apostolic church. As the original poster stated the Catholic church is just one more subdivision of the church of all believers. Once you realize this distinction you become utterly aware of the fact that the argument of 30,000 denominations is silly to a Protestant. We may have 30,000 subdivisions in the catholic church but the Catholic Church is also one of them. I guess that makes it 30,001.
Sixteen centuries of Christianity separate these two definitions. St. Paul’s letters are full of admonitions to maintain unity. Christ’s prayer was “that all may be one” (John 17). When St. Ignatius of Antioch, was being taken to the Coliseum under Roman guard to be thrown to the lions for his Faith in 107 AD, he wrote to the Smyrnaeans: “Where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” He considered only those “within the sanctuary,” obedient to the bishop as to the Apostles, sharing the same Eucharist, to be “the Catholic Church.”
To the Trallians, Ignatius wrote: ". . .cling inseparably to God Jesus Christ, to the bishop, and to the precepts of the Apostles…do nothing without your bishop, but be subject also to the presbytery (priests). To the Ephesians, he wrote: “Let no one deceive himself: unless a man is within the sanctuary [the Church], he has to go with the Bread of God [the Eucharist]. . . one should look upon the bishop as upon the Lord Himself.” He urges, “continue in your flawless unity, that you may at all times have a share in God.” Ignatius wrote to Polycarp, Catholic bishop of Smyrna, “Be concerned about unity, the greatest blessing.”
The Apostles and their disciples meant one thing when they spoke of the Catholic Church, and Protestants mean quite another. A new definition of ‘church’ and of “catholic” was invented in the 16th century to accommodate the myriad of conflicting and competing ecclesiastical communities that developed, based on the doctrine of “Sola Scriptura.”
Christ founded only one Church. He called it simply “the Church” or “My Church.” It was unique and needed no other name. The Apostles and/or their disciples called it “Catholic” to distinguish it from the heresies that had begun to develop by the time the NT was written. There were those inside the Catholic Church – the orthodox (right) believers – and the heretics outside.
The Catholic Church is not a denomination. She is the nomination from which all other ecclesiastical communities calling themselves “churches” ultimately denominated.