Does anyone have information on Catholicism?

Does anyone have information on Catholicism?
I am a nondenominational Christian but am interested in Catholicism. What are the basic beliefs of Catholicism? How do Catholics view Mary and the saints? What is the difference between Protestantism and Catholicism and why did the Protestants split off from the Catholic Church? Also, are there any reliable websites on Catholicism?

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Answer by Aleria
Hi, please ignore Matthew, Dan and Jesus Saves, they have shown themselves to be quite anti-Catholic and have no understanding of (or want to understand) Catholicism.

The best way to say what the basic beliefs of Catholicism is is to quote the Creed:

“We believe (I believe) in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and born of the Father before all ages. (God of God) light of light, true God of true God. Begotten not made, consubstantial to the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Mary and was made man; was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; and the third day rose again according to the Scriptures. And ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, and shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, of whose Kingdom there shall be no end. And (I believe) in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father (and the Son), who together with the Father and the Son is to be adored and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We confess (I confess) one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for (I look for) the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

Views on Mary and the Saints:

Mary is considered the highest of the Saints, but certainly not God, divine or anything else of that sort. She is the handmaid of the Lord, the Mother of God, the Arc of the New Covenant (the old Arc held the staff of the High Priest, the manna from Heaven and the Word of God. Mary held within her THE High Priest, THE living manna from Heaven and THE living Word of God), the Queen of Heaven (Jesus is the King and in the Davidic Kingdom–which He restored–it is the mother of the king who is the queen) and our spiritual mother (As God is our Father, Jesus is our Brother, so too is Mary our mother).

The Saints are viewed as alive and sinless now that they abide in Heaven. They are our family and so we believe they can pray for us–through Christ, the One Mediator–and assist us in our prayers.

Differences:

This is hard to go over because there are 38,000 Protestant denominations (this includes non-denominationalism) and each one has varying beliefs–from slightly to grossly–from each other and from the Catholic Church. To state the differences, one must first discuss which Protestant denomination you want to compare. Why they split off…well, Luther had some good reasons to bring to the attention of the Pope and originally Luther stated that he wanted to reform the Church from the inside out, but he disliked the pope and so broke off. He later is quoted on his death bed saying “I meant to rid one pope, but instead I have created a thousand”, this statement is quite true because now each pastor decides what the church believes. I’m sure if you visited a few of the churches that go by the same name as yours you will find doctrinal differences. Some might be small, but some could be large.

As for websites, I will give you some good ones:

http://www.beginningcatholic.com/ –This one has some great articles and information on how to find out more. It gives Scripture, explanations and Catechism references on our beliefs.

http://www.scborromeo.org/apol.htm –This one has some great stuff as well. I suggest you click on the “I’m Glad You Asked”, which is a book on common Catholic questions and answers.

http://www.scripturecatholic.com/ –This one is good, while it doesn’t explain a lot, it’s all the Scripture and Early Church Father teachings on Catholic beliefs. I would recommend you order John Salza’s Book “The Biblical Basis of Catholicism”, that is a great overview.

Lastly, I would recommend you do this:

Contact your local Catholic Church and tell them you are interested in Catholicism. Right now there is a class going on for those interested in learning and/or converting to Catholicism. You will not be pressured into converting at all and you can leave at any time if you want to, but this way you can listen and ask questions regarding Catholicism–and you can ask them ANYTHING. It is great way to learn about Catholicism in a classroom setting.

God Bless!

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7 Responses to “Does anyone have information on Catholicism?”

  • Ophelia says:

    I don’t know about websites, but a good book to try and pick up to help you out is called “The Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism”. Seriously. I’m not being insulting, that’s really what it’s called and I do own a copy. They’re bright orange books that are like the “For Dummies” series, but a lot less technical and easier to understand.

    I grew up in an area where everyone was either Catholic or Lutheran and had a number of Catholic friends, so I knew a bit about Catholicism, but not everything. I didn’t entirely get the prayers to Mary and the saints despite not thinking it as being idolatry, among other beliefs, and that book really helped.

    There’s also another, smaller one “The Idiot’s Guide to Catholic Catechism” that I have as well.

    If you’ve got a bookstore in the area, you can get those books, or see if B&N or Amazon have them online. They’re quite informative.

  • Smeitemm says:

    If you are truly interested, contact your local parish and start attending RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). Very informative. There is no pressure to join, but this would be the mechanism if you choose to do so.

    You could also read this book. Very thorough, very informative.
    http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Explained-Leo-J-Trese/dp/1889334294/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321556073&sr=1-1

  • tebone0315 says:

    Catholicism is true Christianity. Jesus established the Catholic Church in 33AD,not 38,000 denominations, or non denominations as in Protestant Christianity. As for Catholic Christians we believe in the following:

    We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary , and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

    Even tho Catholic and Protestants both believe in and worship the same God , the Protestant churches have a more watered down version of Christ. The Protestant churches only recognize 2 of the 7 Sacraments that Jesus gave to His church.

    With the 38,000 denominations of Protestant Christians their beliefs are all different being that all have a different interpretation of the bible.

    The Catholic Church compiled and canonized the Holy Bible is the 4th century.

    Catholic Christians believe in eternal life, so we believe that Mary and the saints are alive in heaven and that heaven is for the living and that they are still a part of the Body of Christ.

    Catholic Christian †

    Here is a couple of great sites to help you

    http://www.scripturecatholic.com/index.html

    http://www.fisheaters.com/index.html

    http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/

    http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/index2.htm

  • Cecile says:

    Catholicism is a humongous living global institution. Browse the Vatican website. It is the H Q of the catholic church and feel the essence of catholicism.
    http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm

  • Matt says:

    Contact your local Catholic Church and ask about the RCIA program. They are free classes you can attend and learn all you want.

  • 徐成燦 Ɒ JMR says:

    Here are some good sites:

    http://traditionalcatholic.net/
    ↪http://traditionalcatholic.net/Tradition/Information/index.html

    http://www.catholicapologetics.info
    ↪http://www.catholicapologetics.info/contactus/links/index.htm

    A book that I recommend that you read also:

    Tradition and the Church
    By: Rev. Msgr. George Agius, D.D., J.C.D.
    ↪https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/689

    Maius pax Christi semper esse tecum.

  • ME says:

    Catholic Answers has a forum where you can ask Catholics your questions. Also has a question answer section and already lots of non Catholics asking questions.

    http://forums.catholic.com/

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