Catholic or catholic? Or, so that’s what catholic means!

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A religion writer passed along this piece from the Wall Street Journal with the instruction to pay attention to the 4th paragraph. So let’s do that:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he was praying a lot as he prepared to travel to Rome to participate in the selection of a new pope, but he also has made time to exchange travel tips with his colleague Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“Cardinal George told me to make sure to bring some peanut butter because you can’t get it in the conclave,” Cardinal Dolan said Wednesday following an event at the Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center on Staten Island.

It will be Cardinal Dolan’s first time voting in the conclave, the gathering of Roman Catholic cardinals expected to cast ballots next month to pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI following the pontiff’s announcement earlier this month he would step down. The cardinals head to Rome amid speculation they may defy tradition and name a pope from outside Europe.

“The Holy Spirit knows no boundaries and the church by her nature is Catholic, it’s international, it’s world-wide,” said Cardinal Dolan. “So the prospect of a pope from Latin America, from Asia, is phenomenal and could happen, who knows?”


So let’s have a brief discussion about the difference between catholic and Catholic. The definition for the adjective “catholic” is:

1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.

2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.

3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.

And for the adjective “Catholic”:

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