It does, however, imply that they identify as Catholic in religious, cultural, or even artistic terms. The one thing they all have in common is that at least part (ideally the majority) of their writing is imbued with a Catholic religious, cultural, or aesthetic perspective.
There are many different types of writers within the Catholic community. Some write for publication, while others create sacred art, music, or other forms of media. Still others contribute to theological discussions or act as teachers/preachers. No matter what type of writer we might be, it is our duty to communicate the teachings of the Church to others by any means available to us.
When you read literature that has a Catholic influence, you are reading something that has been written by a "Catholic writer". These authors share certain traits. They tend to believe that the Bible is the ultimate source of truth and provide biblical interpretations in their work. Many also emphasize the importance of prayer and meditation on the divine word. Finally, they tend to view reality through the lens of Catholicism with concepts such as sin, redemption, and salvation present in almost every story they tell.
In addition to being readers, Catholics are people who engage with others in various ways such as through social interactions, political activism, or labor unions. Therefore, it makes sense that we would want to share the message of hope found in Jesus Christ with those around us through writing.
Brisbane Catholic Education describes Catholic identity as the way the Gospel of Jesus is lived out in every school and workplace community. A contemporary Catholic identity emerges from the collision of religion, life, and culture. It is an integral part of who we are as a school community.
The word "catholic" comes from the Greek katholikos, which means universal. So a catholic education is one that embraces everyone within its scope, including but not limited to students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and members of the broader community who may have a role to play in educating young people about their faith.
Catholic identity has three main components: religious, academic, and social.
Religious aspects include beliefs and practices that stem from the teaching of the Church. These include elements such as prayer, worship, fasting, almsgiving, and participation in the sacraments. Religious education is taught by the priests and brothers of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It is based on the belief that God calls us to seek him in all things and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Academic aspects include activities related to learning, including but not limited to studying the Bible, praying for one's self and others, attending Mass, serving those in need, and participating in community service projects.
When used broadly, the term "Catholic" differs from "Roman Catholic," which implies loyalty to the Bishop of Rome, i.e., the Pope. They identify as "Catholic," but not "Roman Catholic" or under the authority of the Pope. In the United States, many Catholics are not loyal to the Bishop of Rome and so are not considered "Roman Catholic." Instead, they identify with the more liberal American bishops or with other churches over which they have no authority.
In addition to being loyal to the Pope, people who are "Roman Catholic" must also accept nine articles of belief. These include beliefs about God, Jesus Christ, heaven, hell, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. "Catholics" believe in all these things too, but they may hold different views on some of them. For example, a Catholic may believe that Jesus will return to earth one day while another person believes that it is impossible because Jesus died permanently. Both people would be Catholics, but they might have different ideas about what it means to be a faithful Christian.
People who are not Roman Catholics but who share many beliefs with Catholics include Orthodox Christians, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Protestants, Mormon Christians, and Jews. Although they may have their differences, everyone in this group shares certain beliefs about God, Jesus, and his role after his death, and they would see themselves as members of one family called Christianity.
"Catholic" is used in Protestant and allied traditions to indicate a self-understanding of the universality of the confession and continuity of faith and practice from Early Christianity, including the "full company of God's redeemed people." It has no specific connection with any particular country or region. Although originally applied only to Christians in Rome, it is now used by all Christian churches that accept its basic tenets.
Called "the catholic church" by Pope St. Pius X in 1907, this phrase was intended as a rebuke to those churches that had broken away from the universal church over time by calling themselves "independent". The pope was particularly critical of German Catholics who had separated themselves from the Roman Catholic Church following the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.
The word "catholic" also has many other meanings. It can mean "universal", "including all parts or aspects", "without discrimination". It can also mean simply "alliance or union". But these meanings do not overlap with each other - you can't be both catholic and universal for example - so they are not interchangeable.
In conclusion, the word "catholic" is important because it describes exactly what we are. We are a single body made up of different countries all united under one head - Jesus Christ.