Christians believe that Christ has been on earth and died for our sins on the cross so any person who belongs to a religion that believes this is a Christian and any religion that teaches this is a Christian religion
The Christian religion has three mainline sects: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism. Many people refer to Protestants as Christian when they are contrasting Catholics and Christians, but this is mostly due to ignorance.
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Simply put -- "All Catholics are (by default) Christians, but NOT all Christians are Catholics". In essence, Christianity (or Protestantism, to be specific) is only a LITTLE LESS superstitious than Catholicism.
Catholics believe themselves christian and maybe some are but in general catholics have certain practices, like worshp of Mary and the so called 'saints', that at best are very sacriligious and even borderline bladphemous.
Catholics believe that you can do confession to a mere mortal man. They also reverence Mary more than they do Jesus Christ who actually made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.In the Old Testament you had to go before a priest to be forgiven of sins. But now after Jesus died on the cross we no longer have to go to a Priest we can now go before Jesus himself an ask forgiveness. They also do not believe in the born again experience as told in John 3:3 and 3:5. They also do not believe in the submersion (under the water) baptism, they believe in sprinkling water, this is not scriptural as told in the bible.
Nothing. To be Catholic is to be fully Christian. However, often when people ask this question, what they really mean, without being able to articulate it clearly, is "What is the difference between the Catholic faith and Protestant Christianity?" All Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics. A Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and is baptized. A Catholic is a specific kind of Christian - one who also believes the Catholic Church was founded by Christ and accepts it as possessing the fullness of Christian truth and the means of salvation. Being Catholic involves three main things: (1) sincerely holding to the Catholic faith as taught by the Magisterium, which is the official teaching of the body of the Church; (2) accepting the sacraments of the Catholic Church; and (3) submitting to the teaching authority of the pope and the bishops in communion with him. (My answer continues in the comments)