We don't call ourselves "Roman" Catholics---you guys do. We are officially the "Catholic Church," not the "Roman Catholic Church." So if you want to stop calling us Roman . . . you are more than welcome!
Hey guys. I have to say that I agree with luberti. Since the name of our Church is not "Roman Catholic" but Catholic, so if you stop calling us Roman Catholic, that's cool with me. If you want to call us latin Catholics, that's ok too because that is the jurisdiction to which I belong. But taking out the term Catholic is just silly. That's the name of our Church. You may not believe that we are the Catholic Church refered to in the creed, and that's fine. But our name is Catholic. You can't change our name for us. Just as my name is Christopher, and which means Christ-brearer. Even if you don't believe I am a Christ-bearer, It is still my name.
Many Blessings to all of you.
"Catholic" is the name you give yourselves. The problem we Orthodox have with calling your church the Catholic Church without any regional/local qualifier is that we also call our church the Catholic Church--some churches in our communion even use the name Catholic in their official titles (e.g., the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in America, or something like that). When I'm talking to a Roman Catholic--sorry, the context of this statement requires me to use this qualifier--I'll use the term "Catholic" without any qualifiers, knowing that in interfaith dialog we almost always refer to ourselves as Eastern Orthodox, or just Orthodox. It just makes sense.
However, when I talk with other Orthodox, which I do in most of my discussions on this forum, I will speak in language my fellow Orthodox Christians understand. If when speaking to fellow Orthodox I speak of the Catholic Church, I don't give them reason to know whether I'm talking about the "one holy, catholic, apostolic Church" which we believe we are, or about the Roman Church. When I speak to other Orthodox, therefore, I will speak of the Roman church as the Roman
Catholic Church, the Roman
church, or simply the RC church to make sure they know I'm talking about that church that calls the Pope of Rome her supreme pontiff. Since most of my discussions on this Orthodox
forum are with the faithful of the Orthodox
Church (Eastern or Oriental), you're stuck with me attaching the qualifier "Roman" to that which you call the Catholic Church.