She remembered—betwixt a smile and a shudder—the talk of the neighbouring townspeople, who, seeking vainly elsewhere for the child's paternity, and observing some of her odd attributes, had given out that poor little Pearl was a demon offspring: such as, ever since old Catholic times, had occasionally been seen on earth, through the agency of their mother's sin, and to promote some foul and wicked purpose. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
When the Apostles Creed uses the word "catholic", it does not reference the church headed by the Pope, but rather a universal church.
catholic in one`s tastes
Their taste in books was catholic, at any rate; Plato in Greek touched Omar in English; Nietzsche partnered Newton; Thomas More was there, and also Hannah More, Thomas Moore, George Moore, and even Old Moore.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
In fact, a hyena`s catholicity of taste is so indiscriminate it nearly forces admiration.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does, belongs to all.