What separates catholicism from protestantism?

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#1 Posted by IronBeaver (1986 posts) -

Topic: I feel like it has something to do with the Virgin Mary, but I really don't know. And I know OT has a fair amount of people with religious expertise.

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#2 Posted by thegerg (18089 posts) -

Protestants are Christians that aren't Catholic. Each Protestant church varies in its own way.

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#3 Posted by br0kenrabbit (14865 posts) -

Topic: I feel like it has something to do with the Virgin Mary, but I really don't know. And I know OT has a fair amount of people with religious expertise.

IronBeaver

Catholics: Mary reamined a virgin after Jesus birth, the passage referring to his 'brothers and sisters' simply mean his followers, Mary didn't die but ascended to heaven because she was born without original sin

Protestants: Mary had other children as mentioned in the passage of his 'brothers and sisters' and she died like the rest of us.

Also, Catholics believe the dead can intervene in prayer, protestants believe you only pray to God in the name of Jesus.

Catholics also use ritual in praise services (prayer candles, stations of the cross, etc.) and protestants believe such is heresy.

And the big one: Catholics believe you must be right with the Church when you die to go to heaven, and that you can move in and out of righteousness. Protestants believe salvation is based on faith alone and that once you have received Christ you are forever bound for heaven regardless of your future activities.

Edit edit edit: My spelling hasn't woken up yet.:?

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#4 Posted by SUD123456 (4781 posts) -

Altar boys

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#5 Posted by zeldaluff (3387 posts) -

Catholics go to church every Sunday, Protestants only have to go Easter and Christmas.

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#6 Posted by Zeviander (9503 posts) -
Pretty much this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ninety-Five_Theses