Some of these differences between Catholics and Protestants include their beliefs about what happens when followers take communion and the role of Jesus Christ's mother, Mary. Catholics also follow an infallible leader, the Pope.Continue Reading
One of the biggest differences between the two denominations is that Catholics believe that the communion elements, the wine and bread, mysteriously become the real body and blood of Christ, which is called transubstantiation. Protestant denominations vary on what happens to the elements during communion, but they don't believe in transubstantiation.
The role of Mary is different in the Catholic Church. She has a much more elevated position as the symbol of motherhood and a role model of Christian perfection for women. Catholics believe Mary ascended into heaven in much the same manner as Christ when his time on Earth was over.
The Roman Catholic Pope is considered God's emissary on Earth. The Pope has the ability to change dogma about church beliefs.
Tradition is more important to Catholics than to Protestants. Although most Protestant denominations believe that tradition informs their beliefs, it is a little lower down on the scale. The Bible, reason and experience are also ways that Christians develop their faith. They are held in higher regard than tradition in most Protestant denominations.Learn more about Christianity
The Hail Mary is a prayer that has been used by Catholics since approximately 1050. The Hail Mary is composed of quotes from the Gospel of Luke and statements composed by Catholic authorities.Full Answer >
Priests for Life and EWTN Global Catholic Network have voting guides for Catholics on the organizations' websites. The Priests for Life's guide helps Catholics vote in a manner consistent with the religion's moral and ethical teachings.Full Answer >
There is no Saint Amanda among the Catholics. However, the Catholic Saint Amand is a missionary born in lower Poitou around the year 584. He joined monastery at the age of 20, a move that caused his father to threaten to disown him. Ordained at Tours, he later served for 15 years under the tutelage of Bishop St. Austregisilus.Full Answer >
Some key differences between Catholics and Episcopalians are that Catholics look to the Pope in Vatican City as the head of their church, while Episcopalians consider the Archbishop of Canterbury in England to be their leader. Catholics see the goal of religion as giving glory to God and spending eternity with Him, while Episcopalians see the goal as salvation. Only men can be clergy in Catholicism, whereas women can also be clergy in Episcopalianism.Full Answer >