Difference Between Catholic and Roman Catholic

Catholic vs Roman Catholic

Catholics and Roman Catholics beliefs do not differ drastically, though there are some differences between them. As a matter of fact, the Roman Catholic is one of the oldest religions of the world and by far the largest Christian group. Roman Catholics pray to Mary and saints. They adore angels too.

Orthodox Catholic Church is headed by a Patriarch whereas the Roman Catholic Church is headed by a Pope. The word Catholic is coined from the Greek word ‘katholou’ meaning ‘throughout the world’, ‘universal’ or ‘general’. The word was first used by the early Christians to describe their religion and belief.

According to the Catholics Jesus is the savior of mankind. The Greek ‘katholikos’ became the word ‘Catholics’. The word also means ‘according to the whole’. Since the Catholics are firm believers of Jesus, all the Catholic Churches are the churches of Christ.

The major difference between Catholicism and Roman Catholicism lies in the performance of rites. The Roman Catholics resort to the Latin rites whereas the orthodox Catholics resort to the Byzantine rites.

The word ‘Catholic’ can be understood in different ways. The word could be taken to mean, ‘of or involving the Roman Catholic Church’, ‘of or relating to the universal Christian Church’, ‘of or relating to the ancient undivided Christian church’ or ‘of or relating to those churches that have claimed to be representatives of the ancient undivided church’.

Roman Catholic is considered sometimes as a word that distinguishes it from all the other type of churches. As a matter of fact the Holy Roman Catholic and the Apostolic Church refers to Rome. Consider the two sentences, ‘He believes in the Holy Catholic Church’ and ‘He has a very catholic taste in dance’. In the first sentence the word ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’ and in the second sentence too the meaning is not changed.

  • http://twitter.com/deaconbluue John Brasley

    It is a complete falsehood to state that Roman Catholics are not Bible based. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church article 141: “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord” (DV 21): both nourish and govern the whole Christian life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119:105; cf. Is 50:4). http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p1s1c2a3.htm#brief

  • Nathaniel

    “They adore angels too.”

    That’s a mischaracterization. The Catholic Church uses the word “adoration” exclusively to characterize the love and worship given only to God. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraph 2096):

    “To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve,’ says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy.”

    This is hardly an acknowledgment that would be given to angels.
    Peace!