From the time I was a child, I learned that catholic meant universal. When I was helping with RCIA I found in the book “This is our faith” by Michael Pennock that the root of the word ecumenical meant universal.
Hmm, I thought, two words of Greek origin meaning universal. I wonder how they are different.
Now I read that Benedict XVI in vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2007/july/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20070724_clero-cadore_en.html
says that "The exact meaning of “Catholic” is “synthesis”. "
Would someone be willing to define catholic and explain how it is different from the root of ecumenical? If catholic does mean universal, how does it mean synthesis, too?