2. A member of the Catholic Church, one of the major branches of mainline Christianity.
2. Much of Europe's great artwork deals with Catholic religious matter.
The Catholic Church worships one God. As I am catholic, this definition ceases to be unbiased at this point. God is almighty and loves all of us, Catholic or not. Contrary to popular belief, Catholics worship God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. These three entities are one in the same, and are referred to as the Holy Trinity. All the saints that the church recognizes are prayed to for intercession and not as other gods. Similiarily, the Virgin Mary is prayed to as a Saint and for intercessions NOT as a god.
Throughout current history, the church as been synomous with corruption, rape, and hypocracy. I, being a catholic, can assure the reader that all innappropriate actions made by deacons, priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, popes, and even alter servers, are appropriately disciplined.
Finally, the members of the Catholic Church are taught that it is the true church but are not brainwashed into blindly following a corrupt institution. Confirmation, the sacrament of officially joining the church, is a choice made entirely by the individual. As with all faiths, the Catholic Church is not perfect but strives to prefect its ways by acting according to its beliefs. Members are encouraged to research the faith and find reasons for belief.
B: Dude no one ever opressed Catholics...
A: Have you never heard about Saint Jean de Brebeuf being stoned and bured and eaten?
B: No man i heaver heard of that.
A; well thats becaus we dont complain in order to get favors....
Catholicism is generally believed to be the "original" form of Christianity. Saint Peter was the first Pope of the Catholic Church.
On Confession: Through Confession, we believe we are cleansed of our sins. However, we can also confess our sins directly to GOd, not just through a priest.
On Confirmation: In Confirmation, Catholics become full-fledged Members of the Catholic Church. One is usually confirmed in their early teens. It is a Catholic coming-of-age ceremony- sometimes thought of as a Catholic equvalent to a Jewish bar or bat mitzvah. Before Confirmation, one chooses the name of a saint whom they admire and will aspire to be like. When confirmed, that saint's name then is added to your birth name. Confirming is usually done by a bishop or archbishop.
Finally, on who we worship: Catholics, like other Christians, worship God and his Son Jesus, whom we believe died for our salvation. We also worship and pray to the Virgin Mary; She was a totally pure woman, who voluntarily became the mother of God. She was chosen by Him, and is therefore deserving of honor. The same thing goes for saints- they were chosen by God and should be honored in accordance. Catholics do not worship the Pope or priests. We look up to them as leaders, yes, but that is all.
most Catholics are very conservative like myself. we disagree with obscenity and false acts. we don't believe in abortion because we love life. we don't hate homosexuality but we believe that God created men and women to be together not the same sex.
There are two types of Catholics
1. people who believe in God and follow his teachings
2. people who believe in God but don't even care to read the bible or even follow their conscience
people befall category 1 if they have respect for life and relationship with people. They also value the integrity of a person and the family. They respect religious traditions like Christmas and other solemnities, and they don't disregard people who are obnoxious.
people befall category 2 if they have no respect for religious things, persons, events, etc. They don't mind even if they commit sins that are considered mortal and it is usual for them to lie. It doesn't bother them even if people talk bad about their faith and they are the ones who get addicted and depressed.
I'm a Catholic and i think that people are naive when they talk about the faith. They are not believers of the faith so what rights do they have to judge something that they don't deeply understand!