Roman Catholicism

Jesse Lorenzen

Intro to Roman Catholicism

Roman Catholicism is one of the three major branches of Christianity, along with Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism. They trace their history back to Jesus Christ and his Apostles. Over the course of centuries it developed a highly sophisticated theology and elaborate organizational structure. The Catholic Church is headed by the pope AKA the bishop of Rome and he leads the worldwide Catholic. Catholicism has 1.2 billion followers worldwide.


The exact date of formation is unknown but its believed to be somewhere between the 1st-5th centuries in the Roman-Latin Empire. In the early 30's of the Common Era. Its members congregate in a communion of churches headed by bishops, whose role originated with the disciples of Jesus. After Jesus's death the bishops spread out across the world to create a universal church with the bishop of Rome holding primacy.

The Basics

The full contents of the faith can be separated into four parts 1. basic beliefs 2. how to live(morality) 3. liturgy 4. prayer. These are what the core of Catholicism is made of. Holidays in Catholicism are Christmas, Easter, and All saints day. Catholicism separates itself from other branches because it's the most orthodox branch of Christianity.


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