Post # 1
I am just curious. Why are “Christian” and “catholic” two different tabs? Shouldn’t catholic be included in the Christian part? And if you give Catholics an extra tab, what about the Protestants? Is it because the Protestants are so widely spread in the US? (I think – but not sure ??? – that in the US you wouldn’t say you’re Protestant but lutheran, Methodist, and what not?)
here in germany people are either considered catholic or Protestant (as per martin Luther). These i would guess make up about 95% of German Christians. There are some other (I guess mostly sort of Protestant) variations, but they are very few and also very strict.
so i’d just be interested in the differences. Or are the vast majority of US Christians catholic and therefore it’s not necessary having an extra Protestant tab?
If that’s not the case, would the different protestant “sub-faiths” still feel like belonging to one faith (Protestant vs catholic) or would they just consider themselves their respective faitH, let’s say Methodist, and then that would feel completely like a separate faith regardless if compared to catholic or other Protestant beliefs?
I hope I am not offending anyone, it just always strikes me when I see the “Christian” next to the “catholic” boards
Post # 3
@MsquareM: I think it’s because Catholic weddings have a very distinct ceremony which is quite different from other Christian sects.
Post # 4
Because Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics.
The doctrine of the Catholic church is very, very specific and very different from most Protestant sects.
Post # 5
i get that Catholic and Protestant ceremonies vary, but why wouldn’t there be a “Catholic” and a “Protestant” tab then where each could discuss their respective traditions etc?
Post # 6
Catholics are considered christian, but there are processes and rules that must be folowed before you can even get married in the catholic church. Both parties have to complete training, they have to agree to raise their children catholic, I think for those who were raised in the catholic church you have to complete all of your sacraments. Not to mention at most catholic weddings Ave Maria is sung, that doesnt even exist in other churches, in the catholic church on catholics can take communion, not so in other denominations. All of the genuflecting….. I could go on and on
As a person who grew up catholic and am a different denomination now, there are some differences.
Post # 7
There isn’t a distinct Protestant ceremony, but there’s a distinct Catholic one.
Post # 8
@MsquareM: There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, and about 800 million Protestants. Also, Catholic ceremonies and traditions are a lot different from most Protestant ceremonies and traditions. If you want to post about Protestant stuff do it in the Christian tab.
Post # 9
I can’t say for sure, but my guesses are:
1. Sheer numbers. Based on a quick google search, it seems that roughly 1/2 of all Christians are Catholic.
2. As @abbie017:
said, Catholicism differs greatly in core beliefs from other Christian denominations. It’s pretty typical that the two are separated. This isn’t a unique distinction found only on the WeddingBee.
3. Getting married in the Catholic Church is a very complicated and specific process. So it just ends up that more people need help, support, and advice about Catholic weddings than other Chrisitan ones.
Post # 10
As the others have said…
Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics…
Catholicism is very distinct… and the LARGEST Christian Denomination world wide (1.2 Billion Followers)
And in Catholicism… Marriage is considered to be one of the Sacrements (Service unto the Church)
And as such they regard Marriage quite differently (ie Divorce is not an option in the Catholic Church… if you Divorce you are no longer a Catholic… for lack of a better explanation. This is precisely WHY that King Henry VIII left the Catholic Church and began his own… Church of England)
So essentially, Protestantism is made up of ALL the Christians that left the Catholic Church
I suppose there could be a TAB here on WBee for Protestants… but it makes sense to just call it Christian… in so much as there are 100s if not 1000s of Protestant Denominations.
Post # 11
Thanks for the explanations. I guess it just strikes me as odd as I’m not used to it. Whenever something here would be discussed and Christian wouldn’t be enough to specify, they would mention “catholic” and “protestant” but that’s probably because we don’t have the different Protestant denominations. in any case, it was interesting to read how much goes into the preparation of a catholic wedding.
Post # 12
you’re right- it should be catholic and Protestant. I think it’s common for people to call Protestants Christian in the US so that’s why it’s listed that wait.
Post # 13
I think there is also language variation. Christian is a term a lot more people identify with. They are followers of Christ. Protestant has fallen out of favor as a term, as people in protestant faiths feel less like they are protesting at this point as they are more established.
Post # 14
@This Time Round: if you Divorce you are no longer a Catholic… for lack of a better explanation.
Well no. You can absolutely be a Catholic if you are divorced. However, if you choose to remarry within the Catholic Church, you must first get your previous marriage annulled/declared invalid.
Post # 15
@This Time Round:
“Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics…”
I get that but that was the exact reason for my question. To me, if all Catholics are Christian, you don’t need a “Christian” tab for the Catholics as obviously theyre already covered in the “catholic” tab. So that leaves all those “Christians that are not Catholics”, ie you could call the remaining tab “all non-catholic Christians” which to my understanding are Protestants.
Thus my confusion why you have “catholic” (one part of Christians) and “Christians” (Protestants and catholics). So your point of how it made sense to call the different Protestants Christians to me it just would make sense to call all the Protestants Protestants, but as I said, that is probably simply a matter of what you’re used to.
Here we basically have one catholic denomination and one Protestant one (following Martin luther) and very very little else. So that’s why to me, if you’re talking non-catholic Christians, it’s a no-bRainer that the remaining people would be Protestants 😉
I find the differences very interesting though, so thanks for explaining.
Post # 16
at least someone who understands me. Thanks for making me feel like I am not a complete idiot in trying to get my point across 😉