The 'original' European branch of Christianity, which have many bits and pieces of celtic goddess worship. Many evangelical and militant right-wing christian cults (ie. KKK) feature violent anti-catholic sentiment, which focus on the alleged papal decadence and the pseudo-pagan worship of Mary and the saints within the church. Such indoctrination is a direct hold-over from the Catholic-bashing propaganda that was first spread after the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Catholics are sometimes referred to as 'Papists', 'Popelovers', 'Mary-Worshippers' etc etc etc.
'...These folks are still more pagan than Christian. Only now, their favorite goddess is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Catholics are no better than pagans or Wiccans, praying to stone statues and trees...'
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontious Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Luke 23:34: 'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do...."
People addicted to cats.
John is a catholic. He has over 9000 cats.
A member of the Catholic Church, from the Greek Catholicos, meaning universal. Though often called the Roman Catholic Church, that Latin church is but one of the 21 churches in communion with the Pope, and the Roman rite is but one of the 7 rites of The Church. Though widely attacked for many things such as discrimination, the Catholic Church officially does not teach that if your not Catholic or not Christian you are going to Hell no matter what. Though all salvation comes through Jesus Christ and his Church, they do not say that non-Christians can't go to heaven, and call Jews "Brothers in Faith" and "People of the Old Covenant". The actions of a person or more emphasized in Catholicism than in Protestantism, which adheres to faith alone. Also, the Catholic Church takes a critical approach to Biblical studies, and not everything is taken literally. Tradition plays a huge role in the practices of the Church, and not just Scriptures. Tradition can not contradict scriptures. Mary is not worshipped, she is venerated or honored. Adoration i.e. worship is for God alone. The Eucharist is celebrated at every Mass, and Catholics believe in Transubstantiation. This is the belief that the body and blood of Christ are present in the Eucharist. The Catholic Church has apologized to the Jews formally for sins of Catholics against them, and to the Muslims for the crusades.
Catholics number over a billion, is the oldest religious organization in the world. To judge one sixth of the Earth's population so rigidly is close minded and ignorant
1. Being universal in scope or magnitude.
2. A member of the Catholic Church, one of the major branches of mainline Christianity
1. The King's tastes were catholic; everything from soup to nuts.
2. Much of Europe's great artwork deals with Catholic religious matter.
- The original form of Christianity.
- The church established by St. Peter the Apostle, through instruction from Jesus Christ.
- One who understands that the Holy Bible is a compilement of historical facts and events that are responsible for all existence.
I have faith, I'm Catholic.
The universal church, created by jesus, guided by the holy spirit and blessed by god. Often misunderstood as a set of rules one must follow. In actuallity the catholic church stresses the fact that jesus loves us and died for us and the rules are simply for our own good. The catholic church encourages its members to seek a personal relationship with god.
non-catholic: haha u can't fornicate.
catholic: yeah so.....?
The branch of Chrisianity in which all the prodestant braches can be traced to. We follow the pope as the closest living man to God. We belive that there is three persons (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost) in one God. Catholics follow the example of Saints and ask them to interces to God and pray for us. We do not worship Mary and the Saints, we just emulate them and ask to pray for us as they are in the full presence of God in Heaven. We celbrate the Eucharist by consuming Christ's body and blood (REPRESENTED by the bread and wine). We believe that if you are truly sorry, you can be forgiven of any sin, if you are not sorry when you ask forgivness, that's basically another sin. Being comprised of humans, the Church is subject to fault like the Inqusitions. Catholics have been persecuted throughout history by the Romans and many militant, extremist Prodestants. Most negative things said about the Catholic Church is just plain lies or misunderstood practices.
Supposedly, Catholics are against homosexuals, say everyone is going to hell, have no maorals, extremely conservative, pagans etc. In reality, Catholics are tolerant, moral people. Alot of the negative things said about Catholics being intolerant etc are true of many evangelical protestants. So many people make wild accustions out of sometimes unfounded, blind hatred for the Catholic religeon.