I do care that I’m offending people. However, I see the offense as petty in nature, and I can think of no better concise way to differentiate while being accurate, so I stick with what I’ve got.
Do what reasonable people do: differentiate them with capitalization.
Your definition of reasonable is interesting…but I forget to capitalize things on occasion, and it just doesn’t seem as clear to me in any case.
It is beyond me how you can claim it is non-offensive, when people here have told you that it is offensive. Furthermore, it has been repeatedly stated that the term “Roman Catholic” was coined as a pejorative term in Reformation-era England.
Perhaps it was. But the term is accurate on the grounds I’ve stated. You are a church which claims to be catholic (not unlike all the Orthodox churches and other Catholic churches), and so we classify your church based on its location – since it’s worldwide, we focus on the headquarters, which are in Rome, Italy. If you’d prefer, I’ll use the term Vatican Catholic or something.
I use non-Catholic, which is completely accurate, and never once accused of being offensive (note the use of capitalization, which implies something different from “non-catholic”).
Actually, it isn’t. By my definition of the church, all believers in Christ as savior are part of the church. That church is universal or, Catholic. So, calling me a non-Catholic is implicitly saying that I’m not a part of Christ’s church. But, you don’t see me whining about labels, do you? (I only mentioned it here because you’re being offended at a triviality and trying to justify that.)
If you want me to call you Catholic (without any qualifier), then you must call me Catholic too. We both believe we are Catholic, and we both believe the other is not. Also, I’m pretty sure most Orthodox adherents would consider their church to be Catholic as well, so we shouldn’t exclude them either. This would create mass confusion. I think my method is more clear.
In other words, “I don’t care if I’m being offensive, I’m not going to change”. Nice. Let’s not forget, the road to Hell is paved with what? Good intentions
No – I just don’t care about petty offenses like griping over a label, which is actually accurate.
Again, this isn’t unique to labelling the Roman Catholic Church…
Old Catholics (the “old” way of doing Catholicism)
Eastern Orthodox (not just “Orthodox”, because there are other groups with that name – this one is in the east)
Oriental Orthodox (whoops, gotta differentiate from “eastern”, so we’ll use “oriental”)
Southern Baptist (not present much in the north)
Need I go on? Qualifiers are used all the time.
So, we’re still not on SS? LOL