Q. 1. I heard that if someone starts a group or organization that contains the word "Catholic" in it, he/she needs the permission of the Diocese to use it. Is that true?
A. 1. According to the Code of Canon Law, # 216, it states:
"Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority."
Q. 2. What is the purpose of that rule?
A. 2. Well, first of all, if someone claims to be associated with the Roman Catholic Church and uses the name "Catholic," the local Church should be aware of it and give it its blessings. When reference is made to the "local Church," it means the Bishop should approve of it.
This ensure that if an educational institution such as a University claims to be Catholic, its teachings are 100% Catholic. Nowadays, many Universities promote topics that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. They are corrupting the Catholics who attend such Universities.
This also ensures that if a hospital claims to be a Catholic institution, its practices are in accordance with Catholic doctrines. It does not provide abortions, promote birth control, support same sex marriage programs, etc...
If an institution decides to wander away from the teachings of the Catholic Church, it should remove the word "Catholic" from its name.