According to Fr. Gerry Tapiador, SSL, in his pamphlet “The Roman Catholic Faith and the Bible”, the word Catholic can be found in Scripture. Here’s what he wrote:
In the original Greek text, the last part of Romans 1:8 reads as follows: he pistis humon KATangeletai en HOLO to kosmo… (emphasis his, btw). “He pistis humon” means “your faith”. “Katangeletai” means “is proclaimed/heralded throughout”. It is a compound verb consisting of the preposition “kata” which means “according to” or “through(out)” while “-angeletai” means “is proclaimed”. “En holo to kosmo” means “in the whole world”. Hence, the word “Catholic” is formed from an abbreviation of the whole verse in which we simply combine the preposition “Kata” meaning throughout and the adjective “holos” meaning whole to describe the Roman faith as “proclaimed throughtout the whole world”. We see clearly that the word “Catholic” finds its origin from the original Greek words. This proves that the Roman Catholic faith was already recognized by all the other local churches. Paul himself verifies this fact when he states in Romans 16:16–“All the churches of Christ send you (you in this context naturally refers to the Romans to whom he is writing) greetings”.
What’s your take on this?