(Closed) NWR: Christian vs catholic

posted 4 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@MsquareM:  I think it’s because Catholic weddings have a very distinct ceremony which is quite different from other Christian sects.

Post # 4
13014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 6
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

There isn’t a distinct Protestant ceremony, but there’s a distinct Catholic one.

Post # 8
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@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
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MsquareM: 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
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 12
7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MsquareM:  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
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MsquareM:  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
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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.

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