First Use of Term 'Catholic Church'
St. Ignatius of Antioch
Bishop of Antioch
Hearer of St. John the Apostle
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When was the term
'Catholic Church' first used?
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The first known
written use of the term "Catholic Church" has been considered to be that of St.
Ignatius of Antioch, around 110 A.D. ...
"Let no man do
anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a
proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to
whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the
multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is
the Catholic Church."
It should be noted
that St. Ignatius was a hearer of the Apostle St. John, and the third bishop of
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