Difference between catholics and protestants?

@egr134 (193)
Argentina
February 2, 2008 4:27pm CST
I mean, if they share the same beliefs and almost the same history until they broke up, why are these religions considered to be different?
1 person likes this
6 responses
@urbandekay (18312)
3 Feb 08
Both catholics and protestants follow the same religion but where as protestants take Jesus as the head of the Church, as Jesus himself commanded, catholics take the Pope to be, in direct contravention of Jesus command. Catholics also have icons and pray to Mary and venerate saints, all of which is catholic innovation. The catholics accept the amalgamation of Christianity with Aristotelianism under Thomas Aquinus, which leads to the doctrine of transubstantiation, which protestants do not accept. Contrary to popular belief the catholic Church springs only from the 11century when it split from the Orthodox Church. all the best urban all the best urban
@urbandekay (18312)
3 Feb 08
Oh, and catholics confess to a priest
• India
16 Feb 08
Well, they are same religion. Christianity. Catholics have more books, 66+7, whereas Protestants have only 66 books. Catholics have much more respect for Mary and Protestants have almost no special respect for Mary. Catholics believes that Mary was born without original sin (emmaculate conception) and she ascended to heaven later whereas Protestants have no such idea about Mary. Overall the similarities far outweight the differences.
• United States
7 Feb 08
The main difference between Catholic and Protestant is Catholics believe that bread and water are transubstantiated into body and blood of Christ. Protestants believe that communion is only a symbol of the Last Supper. Protestant religion was formed from the Catholic religion during the Protestant Reformation.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
Hi egr, There is not just a difference between Catholics and Protestants, but there are hundreds of protestant churches, each believing differently from each other. I live in a town of just over 1000 people, and we have four different protestant churches. As for the Catholic church, one of the differences is that they pray to the saints, while protestants pray only to God. Also only Catholics accept the Pope as the head of the church. Some protestants have infant baptism, as the catholics do, while others only baptize adults and some don't baptize at all. It would take almost forever to show all of the different beliefs. We should accept each other as we are are and be content. Blessings.
@jormins (1224)
• United States
2 Feb 08
From what I understand (and I am definitely not an expert on Religion) but virtually the only difference is the Protestants don't believe in the Pope.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I don't think there's any difference between any Christian believing religions other than how the worship. I believe that as long as Christ is the reason for our worship and it's for the good then it doesn't matter how worship is done. I was raised Catholic but doesn't mean I like the way they worship so I've more or less converted to Baptist but doesn't mean I'll stay a Baptist for if I find a religion that I'm comfortable with, or a church that I'm comfortable with then that's where I'll go.