Catholic epistles
Catholic Cath"o*lic (k[a^]th"[-o]*[i^]k), a. [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko`s, universal, general; kata` down, wholly + "o`los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.] 1. Universal or general; as, the catholic faith. [1913 Webster]

Men of other countries [came] to bear their part in so great and catholic a war. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

Note: This epithet, which is applicable to the whole Christian church, or its faith, is claimed by Roman Catholics to belong especially to their church, and in popular usage is so limited. [1913 Webster]

2. Not narrow-minded, partial, or bigoted; liberal; as, catholic tastes. [1913 Webster]

3. Of or pertaining to, or affecting the Roman Catholics; as, the Catholic emancipation act. [1913 Webster]

{Catholic epistles}, the epistles of the apostles which are addressed to all the faithful, and not to a particular church; being those of James, Peter, Jude, and John. [1913 Webster]


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  • Catholic Epistles — the New Testament Epistles of James, I and II Peter, I John, and sometimes II and III John and Jude, addressed to the entire church. * * * catholic epistles or general epistles plural noun Certain epistles in the canon addressed to the Church… …   Useful english dictionary

  • catholic epistles — A term used for those NT epistles that are not addressed to particular Churches or individuals: James,1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 John, and Jude. These epistles all take their titles from the supposed writer rather than the groups addressed (as with… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Catholic Epistles — So is called the epistle of St. James, the two epistles of St. Peter, St. John s three epistles and St. Jude s epistle. These were sent to the church all over the world. A chapter of it is read in the Liturgy after the Pauline epistles …   Dictionary of church terms

  • Catholic Epistles — the New Testament Epistles of James, I and II Peter, I John, and sometimes II and III John and Jude, addressed to the entire church. * * * …   Universalium

  • Catholic epistles —    The epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude; so called because they are addressed to Christians in general, and not to any church or person in particular …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • CATHOLIC EPISTLES —    the name, equivalent to encyclical, given to certain epistles in the New Testament not addressed to any community in particular, but to several, and given eventually to all not written by St. Paul …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Catholic Epistles — noun plural Date: 1582 the five New Testament letters including James, I and II Peter, I John, and Jude addressed to the early Christian churches at large …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catholic epistles —  Вселенские послания, письма …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Epistles of Saint John —     Epistles of Saint John     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Epistles of Saint John     Three canonical books of the New Testament written by the Apostle St. John.     The subject will be treated under the following heads: FIRST EPISTLE I.… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Catholic — Cath o*lic (k[a^]th [ o]*[i^]k), a. [L. catholicus, Gr. kaqoliko s, universal, general; kata down, wholly + o los whole, probably akin to E. solid: cf. F. catholique.] 1. Universal or general; as, the catholic faith. [1913 Webster] Men of other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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