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Catholic is the original Christianity, the Roman Christianity, the one most commonly found in Western-Continental Europe. Thanks to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, there are many protestant Christians. Many different sub religions still considered Christian.

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christians focus on Jesus and catholics on Mary... but they both have the same religion

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wrong.
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wrong? well im IN the religion. so your wrong. loll
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Lol, this is so wrong
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Catholics are Christians. Any religion that believes the Jesus died on the cross for our sins is Christian. Catholics are just on denomination of the Christian faith.

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Catholics are Christians.



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Christian- they pray to Jesus and god and no one else( sometimes the Holy Spirit)
Kalics- ( sorry really bad at spelling) they pray to Mary and a little bit to Jesus and god

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wrong, we don't pray to Mary, I don't understand why so many people try and answer things like this and have no idea what they are talking about.
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Nor do we worship Mary. We ask Mary to pray FOR us. There's a huge difference.
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I didn't say they worshipped her I said you pray to her total difference
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but we DONT pray to her.
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Catholics believe in the Virginia Mary and Christians believe in Jesus as there lord.

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Purplewonder got it right. Catholicism is the original Christian religion, every other Christian religion broke off from Catholicism either directly or by proxy.

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There are other religions who believe in Jesus that did not break off from the Catholic faith! I have always thought that it was strange for Protestants to consider themselves to be "Christians" when they are an apostate group from the original Christian faith!
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actually, there aren't, all of the other Christian religions broke off either directly or by proxy (key word there). All the Christian belief sets that didn't directly break off, came from one of the ones that did, that is what the by proxy portion means. One way or the other, all Christian religions, all religions that believe in Jesus, can be traced back to Catholicism as their root.
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Actually, although the Roman Catholic Church claims to be the original it in itself is apostate having absorbed so many pagan religions and made their Gods Patron Saints. The original first century Christians had nothing to do with Rome except that the Romans were an occupying force. In the first century most Romans were followers of pagan religions.
When Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses he was pointing out where the Roman Catholic Church had gotten away from the true Word of God. In other words: he was pointing out their apostasy. For that he was persecuted and excommunicated.
The Roman Catholic Church has probably convinced more people to become atheists than any one other thing.
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lol, where are you getting your history JD? It's so inaccurate that it's laughable, none of the saints in Catholicism have any relation to any pagan god or goddess whatsoever. The original first century Christians were led by Saint Peter, the first Pope, whom all other Popes have a straight line of succession by election to. As well as people such as Saint Paul, who worked under Peter to bring about the Church which Christ founded. What Martin Luther pointed out in his 95 Thesis, was an offense being perpetrated by certain corrupt bishops and priests in areas such as the Holy Roman Empire. The Vatican was unaware of such offenses at the time, but promptly resolved such issues, as well as the issues of Luther's heresy, at the Council of Trent. These are historical facts.
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Also, the Church does not even refer to itself as Roman Catholic, that is a distinction made mostly by Protestants, we simply call ourselves the Catholic Church. Since you can't even get the name right, you really shouldn't try and talk about history too much.
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I got the name right and my history is correct. There is no real evidence that Peter was in Rome or that he was the first Pope. If you want to stick to a false religion with a long history of corruption and persecution that is your business. Take an honest look at their doctrines and the origin of their rituals along with their practices of killing people who wanted to make the Word of God available to laymen.
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The fact that they don't call themselves Roman doesn't mean that they aren't Roman.
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The word catholic simply means universal Christian church so for the Roman Church to try to co-opt that term only for themselves is extremely arrogant and improper. I got it right. You don't know what you're talking about.
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Actually, you don't have it right, I'm Catholic, so I know exactly what I'm talking about. The word Catholic simply means "Universal", and it wasn't named by Catholics, it was actually called Catholic by the Roman Pagans, who wanted a way to describe what it was becoming, as it eventually became literally universal, essentially everyone in the known civilized world was Catholic at one point.
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The name just stuck because it fit, and as it is the Church that Christ, the universal savior founded, then it is extremely fitting.
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Ok, well since they are no longer universal : just arrogantly co-opting the name for themselves, I won't call them Roman Catholic anymore. I'll just call them Roman, since they are far from universal and their doctrines are so non-Biblical.
Do a little research for yourself about the origins of the Virgin goddess, the patron saints, holiday traditions and the origin of that funny hat the Pope wears (they'll probably tell you it's from Peter but dig a little deeper.) It's from a pagan religion that worshiped fish. Instead of laughing at my history why don't you do a little research on your own. Look up William Tyndale. Look up The Spanish Inquisition.
Read the Bible and compare it to the Doctrines of your Roman Church. Note the part that says if the Bible says one thing and the Pope says another, you go with what the Pope says.
Most or all of the so called Christian churches are apostate now but the Roman Church is about as bad as it gets and it's been that way for over 1500 years.
Look at the real history. Don't just believe what they tell you.
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Yeah, I have, and your history is still loaded with BS, I've looked into all these things before, and you're still wrong.
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There is no reasoning with you. You are brainwashed.
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lol, that's funny considering you're spouting some of the oldest already debunked arguments in the world.
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All Catholics are Christians by default, but NOT all Protestants (that you incorrectly called Christianity) are Catholics. The best thing about Protestantism is that, it denies the authority of the Catholic Pope; and the best thing about Catholicism is that, the Pope is not a Protestant.

The difference, however, is ONLY in the fact that, every new Christian sect is just a LITTLE (almost negligible) less superstitious than the old. In essence, both Catholicism and Protestantism are twins from the same mother -- vultures from the same egg!

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For all future people willing to ask this question, just think to yourselves, slap yourself, and just don't do it

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In the future if I'm thinking about answering or commenting on a question like this I will think about it, slap myself and then not do it. It only engenders arguments and hard feelings.
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A wise choice indeed...
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They both consider themselves Christians. You should have said Roman Catholics and Protestants. The biggest difference between those two is that the Roman Catholics believe that the Pope and the so called "Virgin Mary " (a pagan goddess) are the mediators between man and God and the Protestants believe that Jesus Christ is the one mediator between man and God.
They have both gotten so far off track that neither has much resemblance to the original.

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To be Catholic is to be fully Christian. 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)

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The words Catholic and Christian were once interchangeable. The first Christians called the Church "Catholic" or "universal," to distinguish it from the heretical splinter groups that denied necessary Christian truths. Thus, the early Christians came to be known as Catholics. Around the year 1,000 AD, many Christians in the East - in Greece and in what is now Turkey - split off from the Catholic Church. They are called Orthodox Christians. They believe in many of the same things we do, but they reject the important truths such as the pope's authority.
Five hundred years later, a German monk named Martin Luther had some ideas about what true Christianity was. Some of his views were contrary to what Catholics believe Christ intended for His Church. He and his followers broke with the Catholic Church and formed what is now called Lutheranism. Other men and women had ideas of their own and started their own churches, too. Today there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different Protestant denominations.
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There are sincere non-Catholic Christians - Protestant and Orthodox Christians, for instance - who believe many, but not all, of the things we believe as Catholics. Sometimes they may be even more faithful or charitable than many Catholics. That is because the Spirit of Christ is at work in them, too. The Catholic view is that the divisions and confusions among Christian communities contradicts the will of Jesus. He wants His followers to be one. We believe the unity Christ desires for His followers only exists fully in the Catholic Church.

Hope this helps! - ManOfKnowledge
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