1. called or designated thus
2. incorrectly called or styled thus
Two definitions: one is fairly generic, the other carries with a challenge towards an allegation.
The word ‘so-called’ appears reasonably frequently in church publications, and grammatically, it almost invariably appears before a noun or a noun clause. With a little wildcard searching, we can get a sample of what official church sources qualify with ‘so-called’.
Here’s a short list of some of my findings. The left column contains the noun or noun clause, and the right column identifies the source and context.
Some of the results are innocuous and meaningless, but I’m sure you’ll note some that are a bit more emotionally or politically charged.
I’m going to refrain from providing any analysis to my findings. I’m much more interesting in seeing how you will react to this list. Any surprises? Do these terms, which the Church identifies as “called or designated thus” or “incorrectly called or styled thus” tell us anything about our teachings that we don’t already know? If so what? If not, does this list shed any light on anything?