The Laitin Kirk, an aw kent as the Wastren Kirk or the Roman Catholic Kirk,[N 1] is the lairgest pairteecular kirk sui iuris o the Catholic Kirk, employin the Latin leeturgical rites.

Emblem o the Haly See
Laitin Kirk
Laitin: Ecclesia Latina
Façade o the Airchbasilica o St. John in Lateran
TeepPairteecular kirk (sui iuris)
OrientaitionWastren Christianity
TheologyCatholic theology
PatriarchPape Francis
RegionMainly in Wastren Europe, Central Europe, Italy, the Americaes, Philippines, Central Africae, pockets o Wast Africae, Mozambique, Madagascar, Australie, New Zealand, wi several episcopal conferences aroond the warld
LeidEcclesiastical Laitin
HeidquartersAirchbasilica o Saunt John Lateran, Roum, Italy
FoonderApostle Peter an Paul
Oreegin1st century, accordin tae Catholic tradeetion
Ither name(s)Wastren Kirk
Roman Catholic Kirk
Offeecial wabsteidHoly See


  1. The term Roman Catholic Kirk is an aw uised tae refer tae the Catholic Kirk as a whale in some contexts, espeicially in a non-Catholic context.


  1. Marshall, Thomas William (1844). Notes of the Episcopal Polity of the Holy Catholic Church. London: Levey, Rossen and Franklin.