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What Is The Catholic Church

Okay, I am not Catholic but I was researching the religon for a social studies class. How is the Catholic church different from the days of the Spanish explorers? How are people saved in the Catholic church? Is it through communion, baptism, or just a statement of faith?

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If trin rc church means universal, does this mean they can serve God & serve the devil to along with his worldly pleasures? Most I see is just they are trying to do, the same with her trin daughters churches. In Bible prophecy, they are here Rev.17 v's 4 - 6.

---Lawrence on 8/19/10


Catholic means: UNIVERSAL....the faith means:
In Jesus Christ we trust, believe, preach and follow Him. Church means: Christ's church, His people on earth.
Thus the UNIVERSAL FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST Is the Catholic Church.
God Bless you all!
---Lisa on 11/15/07


Michelle S::Catholics do not equate saved as do christian Denominations BY faith or Belief.Jesus said "Pick up your cross and FOLLOW ME.He set a pattern, He left us His Church and the H/S for guidance, till the end. He also gave us His Sacraments to help us Hope in the Resurrection & lastly He gave us Himself "He who eats of me I live in Him & he lives in Me".God being Perfect He shows us to reach that stage of Perfection to follow & attain His glory forever more
---Emcee on 11/13/07


Non-Christian Historians throughout history all agree that Jesus founded the Catholic Church. ,....They have never changed. There is a difference sometimes between what the Catholic down the street believes and what the official teaching of the Vatican is. Studies show that only 15-20% of Catholics in the United States have Roman Catholic beliefs.
---Greyrider on 11/8/07
Prots believe in sola scripture and so do Catholics.They don't just go to the next church down the street they stay in the RCC
---Andrea on 11/13/07


I have heard hail Mary, I have never heard hail Jesus, and when looking for hail in my Bible I found hailstones, but could not find this. I think Catholics beleive they are saved by grace, which is Biblical, but we all know that salvation is a continuous process, and many use grace, as a license to keep sinning which should not be.
---Whisper on 11/12/07




We believe that we are saved through grace alone, but we must respond to the grace. Jesus founded the Catholic Church and made Peter the Head of the Church on earth. Through apostolic succession there is a unbroken line for 2000 years. We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Catholics are the first Christians historically so it is not correct to refer to Catholics as non-Christians.
---janet on 11/12/07


It means universal church of Christ Jesus our Lord , God and Saviour.
---Lisa on 11/8/07


This is the beginning of Eucharistic Prayer #3, said at many masses. This says a lot about what it means to be a Roman Catholic - "Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name."
---Greyrider on 11/8/07


The RCC teaches that we are saved by faith and "works" but it is extremely important to understand that the RCC does not mean OUR WORKS. Any "good works" are the work of the Holy Spirit, made possible by our faith in Jesus. In Protestantese, you are saved if you DIE with Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Many initially "find Jesus" but later turn away and deny Him as Lord (Matt 10:22). Jesus gave us the Eucharist to deepen our relationship with Him.
---Greyrider on 11/8/07


Non-Christian Historians throughout history all agree that Jesus founded the Catholic Church. The RCC has documented its teachings over the last 2000 years. They have never changed. There is a difference sometimes between what the Catholic down the street believes and what the official teaching of the Vatican is. Studies show that only 15-20% of Catholics in the United States have Roman Catholic beliefs.
---Greyrider on 11/8/07




I don't know much about Catholics. I am not one. But I do not put down their faith. I do know they worship the same God as Christians do. There is only one way to get and be saved and that is through Jesus Christ. Nothing else will work. The only thing I can tell you is go to a Catholic church, I'm sure someone will help you better understand their religion.
---Rebecca_D on 11/5/07


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