Translation:The children saw the old Catholic Church.
I assume this is about a specific church building rather than seeing the whole institution of the Catholic Church?
Yes, which - as I understand it - means that there is no need for the capital C?
Yes for the first one, no for the second :)
"the old Catholic church" is what I would say.
("the old catholic church" would mean "the old church which is for everyone" - with the rather rare English word "catholic" - rather than "the old church where a congregation of Roman Catholics meets").
Yes, that's what I meant, just for the second one. Thanks for making it clear!
Well, in Greek, when some says "ο (Ιερός) Ναός του Αγίου (insert a saint name)", they are technically referring to a church. As far as etymology goes, the direct translation of ναός is temple. So, it could refer to something other than a church. ^.^
To my understanding, ναός is the word used for "temple" and is also often used for Greek Orthodox churches, while non-Orthodox churches are εκκλησίες.
Actually the word "ναός" is more often used to describe other religions' temples, while "εκκλησία" is mostly restricted to christian temples. An ancient greek temple would be described 99% of the times as "ναός", but never as an "εκκλησία". You may say a Buddhist "ναός" but you would never say a Buddhist "εκκλησία".
And then of course one can always opt for the specific term of each religious building: eg. Pagoda= Παγόδα, Synagogue= Συναγωγή, Mosque= Τζαμί
I know αρχαίος would be more precise, but does 'the children saw the ancient Catholic church' work? Or is ancient perhaps a slightly too strong interpretation of παλιά?
No, I think that ancient is "too old", so it would be wrong to be used as a translation of παλιά.
Troll is right. Plus, (random addition) I think I have indeed heard the word ancient being used to describe people that are too old as well, in a slang-ish manner, no? XP
is this the Catholic church which is old, or the church of the Old Catholics (a breakaway church from the Roman Catholics)?
the Catholic church which is old
otherwise it should be stylised "the Old Catholic Church" which takes us back to piguy3's comment of seeing the whole institution. Rather unlikely, don't you think? ;)