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Religion and Ethnic Diversity Tracy Kimberly Mosiello ETh /125 November 17, 2013 Dr. Rochelle Holland

Religious and Ethnic Groups Roman Catholic The first century of Christianity there was no "Roman Catholicism" as it is today. There was no Protestantism or Eastern Orthodoxy to differentiate it. There was the "one, holy, catholic church" confirmed in the first beliefs, which was the group of Christian followers completely over the world, unified by mutual beliefs, church structure, traditions, and worship (catholic means "universal"). During the Middle Ages, if you were a Christian, you went to the Catholic Church. Any Christianity other than the Catholic Church was an unorthodox, not a denomination. Catholic Beliefs Roman Catholic beliefs don’t vary extremely as of those of the other main divisions of Christianity - Greek Orthodoxy and Protestantism. Altogether three foremost divisions hold to the principle of the Trinity, the holiness of Christ, the inspiration of the Bible, etc. There is a strong Catholic distinctive in belief. Distinctive Roman Catholic beliefs contain the exceptional power of the pope, the capacity of saints to mediate on behalf of followers, the idea of Purgatory as an area of life after death cleansing before arriving in Heaven, and the principle of transformation.

Distinctive Catholic Practices Catholic Mass The Catholic mass has a tendency to be more ceremonial and ritualized than its Protestant equals. Masses follow a set ritual and priests wear more extravagant robes than most Protestant ministers. In Catholicism, the Eucharist is called the Mass. Catholic…...

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