12 Simple Differences Between Catholics and Protestants

By Wendy Thomas Russell | June 10, 2013 | 207 comments

The rapid rise of the “Nones” — those unaffiliated with religious groups — was back in the news this week, when the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released its most recent study on American religiosity. Here’s what Pew had to say:

The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling… Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6% of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14%).

In addition, the group emphasized that, for the first time in history, there is no Protestant majority in the United States. That is, Protestants have dropped to 48 percent, whereas they comprised 53 percent of the public as recently as 2007 — a drop of 5 percent in five years. (Catholics, by comparison dropped 1 percent during the same time period — to 22 percent). As you all know, Protestants are Christians who broke off from the Catholic Church 500 years ago. Although there are more than 33,000 (!!) Protestant denominations, all of them still operate in ways that are separate and distinct from the Catholic Church. But what are the differences, really? I mean, all Christians Churches hold the same core value: Jesus Christ was the son of the God who died for our sins, arose from the dead, and ascended to heaven. Isn’t the rest just window-dressing?

Well, here, you decide.

Twelve Differences Between Catholics and Protestants:

1. The Pope. Catholics have a Pope, which they consider a vicar for Christ — an infallible stand-in, if you will — that heads the Church. Protestants believe no human is infallible and Jesus alone heads up the Church.

2.  Big, Fancy Cathedrals. Catholics have them; Protestants don’t. Why? Well, Catholicism says that “humanity must discover its unity and salvation” within a church. Protestants say all Christians can be saved, regardless of church membership. (Ergo… shitty, abandoned storefront churches? All Protestant.)

3. Saints. Catholics pray to saints (holy dead people) in addition to God and Jesus. Protestants acknowledge saints, but don’t pray to them. [Note: There is much debate about the use of the word “pray” in this context, so let me clarify: Saints are seen by Catholics as an intermediary to God or Jesus. Although Catholics do technically pray to saints, they are not praying for the saints to help them directly but to intervene on their behalf. They are asking the saints (in the form of a prayer) to pray for them. It’s like praying for prayers. Hope this helps.]

4.  Holy Water. Catholics only.

5. Celibacy and Nuns. Catholics only.

6. Purgatory: Catholics only.

7. Scripture: The be-all, end-all for Protestants is “the Word of God.” For Catholics, tradition is just important as scripture — maybe even more so.

8. Catechism: Protestant kids memorize the Bible. Catholic kids get catechism.

9. Authori-tay: In Catholicism, only the Roman Catholic Church has authority to interpret the Bible. Protestants hold that each individual has authority to interpret the Bible.

10. Sacraments: Catholic are the only ones to have the concept of the seven sacraments (baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony). Protestants teach that salvation is attained through faith alone.

11. Holidays: Catholics have 10 Holy Days of Obligation (which mean they must go to Mass). Protestants are more like, “Just come to church on Christmas, that’s all we ask.”

12. Communion: In Catholicism, the bread and wine “become” the body and blood of Jesus Christ, meaning that Jesus is truly present on the altar. In Protestantism, the bread and wine are symbolic.

This post originally appeared in October 2012.


  1. Cindy Polchek says:

    Um, I would like to think that as Christians we are motivated by what is the right thing to do…by what we were taught and are being taught by Jesus Christ of the bible…”the way”, and not necessarily some treat hanging over our heads.

    I’d like to rephrase the comment made by someone else above…. Original comment – “””I think that we humans will not be persuaded to do something without knowing that there’s a reward, look at what a kid would do for a piece of candy, so therefore maybe in the literacy sense, what the bible was trying to say is that if we do good and kind deeds, we will ultimately feel good and at peace with our hearts which leads to the case that there isn’t necessary a heaven or hell. It’s a reward in its own right.”””
    Rephrasing – I think that we “dogs” will not be persuaded to do something without knowing that there’s a reward, look at what a “dog” would do for a “treat”, ….again I would like to believe that as Christians we are motivated to do the right thing because its right and “the way” not because of some immediate reward. I’m not against rewards but the reward should be the effect of the right way, not the motivation for it.

  2. Tom mcEwen says:

    The crucified Christ in the Picture is on Charle’s bridge in Prague (my home) The hebrew says Holy, Holy, Holy

  3. Darren says:

    Hi guys, I do commend this article for its simplicity albeit, misleading. However, I wish to present my opinion as a free thinker. I believe in god but I don’t know which god is the real god. I simply believe that if I do good and kind deeds preached by all the major faiths in the world that promotes better society and better chance in the pursuit of happiness, I will be rewarded with the gift to heaven where I can rest eternally in peace. The interpretation of faith is both the precursor of peace and turmoil. People interpret it differently for the aim they want to achieve as history and current conflicts shown. I am not an American but I do support all the US’s founding father’s beliefs and ideology which historically evolved from the turmoil in Europe. Therefore, to me those who perished pushing for equality and rights are the true ‘saints’ and I do believe they deserve the respect for the sacrifices they made, like how Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins. Faith is in no doubt, in my opinion, the reason for our present, peaceful, in comparison to the past life where the pursuit of happiness and peaceful society is at its peak. In the past, there was enough sufferings for people to easily fall for Satan’s trap as we are all prone to sins due to our fear. We ultimately fear for our own life, and in dire situation where survival is at stake we will be forced to do deeds that are selfish, not beneficial for the society and shatter the pursuit of happiness of our own and the others. We humans, are however different from other animals, we have the conscience for the pursuit of happiness and a peaceful society as long as we aren’t pushed to our dire needs. Due to industrialization and the digital revolution, a lot of the society are beginning to live without fear, except for some countries which still do. So yes, faith is the precursor, the ignition that evolved us and guided us into creating a peaceful society where all can pursuit happiness. Therefore I still condemn atheist as they do not show their respect for what faith has done for us all. Oh ya, by the way, Star Wars is a great movie, it illustrates clearly what I’m trying to say here. :) the Force is the faith and the dark side is the fear, Anakin Skywalker did fall into the dark side out of the fear for his wife. If he didn’t have the fear, he wouldn’t have fallen to the dark side and the jedis are people with strong faith and it shows why the catholics are praying the saints out of respect as they deserve it. I myself,I admit isn’t as selfless as those jedis, I mean the saints. Lastly, this is my take on heaven and hell, I think that we humans will not be persuaded to do something without knowing that there’s a reward, look at what a kid would do for a piece of candy, so therefore maybe in the literacy sense, what the bible was trying to say is that if we do good and kind deeds, we will ultimately feel good and at peace with our hearts which leads to the case that there isn’t necessary a heaven or hell. It’s a reward in its own right. Who knows? Maybe Jesus, Moses and Mohammad are actually people gifted with powers unknown to us presently but known to us in the future. Maybe god is the future us. An atheist will still feel good doing good deeds and still feel freaking bad or cannot live his life when he murders somebody in cold blood. We are naturally good people when we’re not pushed to our dire needs of survival or the protection of our loved ones. Cheers, this is my take on faith as a whole.

  4. James says:

    I was reading your above discussion of the Protestant / Catholic differences…. Your first point, regarding the authority of the Pope is I believe not accurate. The Pope is not infallible… there are the “Fallable Magisterium” and “Infallible Magisterium” and Papal decrees are “Fallable”… things like declaring homosexuality a sin, etc. fall under “fallible” section. Belief in the Trinity are “Infallable”, so if you dissent, you’re essentially no longer part of the “club” – belief is the price of membership.

    To suggest the Pope is divinely inspired, guided, etc. is, I believe a fair assertion. However, position alone does not convey infallibility… a simple history search reveals this absolutely. Pope’s used to be apppointed as part of a political power move, not based on merit. Your assertion would suggest the travesties some past Pope’s were at the helm of, were “the hand of God”… I’d suggest the support came from the ‘other team’.

    Just my opinion, but I’ve had the good fortune to explore this concept in great detail, working with a few very accomplished Papal scholars who were priests as well.

    I love the column… seems to be pretty well done. Just saw a major point that creates a dangerous assertion, that’s all…

    • Crankypants says:

      I want to thank James for his comments on the “fallible/ infallible” of the Pope because he made some excellent points. However, I can not see how the Pope is any more divinely inspired than a protestant minister or an evangelist such as Billy Graham.

      Read and study the Bible. For simplistic purposes here it boils down to one thing, OBEDIENCE! Obedience to God.

  5. Claire says:

    I am from the UK where there are plenty of Anglican Nuns,That take vows of celibacy.Also the protestant cathedrals are just as grand as the catholic ones sometimes more so?

  6. Anna says:

    Very nice breakdown. I am a Protestant. The only thing I would disagree with is this statement: Protestants are more like, “Just come to church on Christmas, that’s all we ask.”
    No! In what universe? lol. No really, with all due respect because I loved your article. About 90% of Protestant Christians I know go to church three time a week without fail. They are deeply involved in church and it’s charities. They are the same as most Catholics in that they actually believe you must go to church to be a Christian. Granted I am from the South where anyone with their own mind is shunned by all churches. But this is my experience and many others for over 50 years. Truth is, the biggest problem within all denominations today is the threat of Hell for not attending church. I admire those that can be there every time the doors are opened. But some of us not able to attend.(due to disability in my case)See God understands that and I worship at home. But the sheer torture the church (both) put people like me through for not attending is horrible. So believe me Protestants do not believe it’s o.k. not to attend church. And quite frankly this is the first time I have every heard it. Great article though. I truly appreciated the rest. Now I know why my Catholic friend thinks I am going to Hell.

    • Rae says:

      As a humble follower of Christ I beg all disciples of Jesus to forgive each other the church denominations and each one’s particular doctrines. We are all brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. The only Church that matters. Big picture brethren! We are all saved by faith in Jesus’ words, life, death and resurrection! Go to impeccableheart.com to see a miracle The Great Sheperd did for me to share with you! The Bible verified in pictures from God! PEACE & LOVE

  7. Wanda says:

    Catholics know that the bestselling “Left Behind” books and movies have grossly perverted Catholicism’s biblical “rapture” doctrine – the only “rapture” view before 1830.
    The 2000-year-old Catholic “rapture” (the “caught up” in I Thess. 4:17) occurs AFTER the final “tribulation” (post-tribulation) while the 185-year-old evangelical Protestant “rapture” supposedly occurs BEFORE it (pre-tribulation) and is said to be “imminent.”
    All Catholics should read journalist Dave MacPherson’s “The Rapture Plot” (available by calling 800.643.4645) – the most accurate documentation on the history of the pretrib rapture which began in British cultic circles in 1830. By twisting Scripture, this new doctrine gave folks the (false) hope of being evacuated from earth before the chaos found in the book of Revelation.
    “The Rapture Plot” reveals, for the first time, how a Plymouth Brethren historian, after John Darby’s death, secretly and dishonestly changed the earliest “rapture” writings of the Irvingites (the first group publicly teaching a pretrib rapture) so that he could wrongfully credit P.B. leader Darby with “dispensationalism” as well as with that rapture view! (Some still view Darby as the “father of dispensationalism” even though MacPherson’s book amply proves that Darby wasn’t first or original with any crucial aspect of that system but subtly plagiarized others!)
    The leading pretrib rapture merchandisers (Scofield, Lindsey, LaHaye etc.) are openly anti-Catholic and believe that the Antichrist during the coming tribulation will be headquartered in Rome (and you can guess where!).
    For more shocks Google “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Pseudo-Ephraem Taught Pretrib – NOT!,” “John Darby Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart” (she originated the pretrib rapture!), “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Evangelicals Use Occult Deception,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.”

  8. IamChristianfirst says:

    I am a Christian and love my Catholic faith. I have been doing genealogy on my family history, both my mom and dad, and have found that going back as far as the 1400’s they were all Catholic’s. Reading some of this post I have to wonder if you all can say the same. The Catholic Church has some of the traditions today that my ancestors shared. We have a deep root of faith and love for Christ that goes back for thousands of years. I love learning about other faiths and find the same devotion and traditions within the Jewish faith. Why can’t people respect each other’s differences without breaking them down?
    Someone made a comment about Catholics not having bibles. That simple is not true. My mother gave me the family bible last year that has been in the family for almost 200 years. The Catholic bible has been the same since the 4th century while the Protestant bible changed because of a man, Martin Luther. Those are facts. Stick with facts instead of opinions.

    Cranky Pants…..you said OBEY…well guess what? The bible says to love one another. It doesn’t sound like much of that is going on here.

  9. Danny O'Shae says:

    Just checking the differences between Catholics and Protestants. Really interesting. I’m an atheist and mildly interested in the different religions. I believe that man evolved. Respectfully, I am stunned that people still believe what is written in the bible. With all the science confirming evolution ….I don’t get it. I understand that a church is a community and many congregations do good things for underprivileged people and communities but c’mon, seriously?? I don’t get prayer…It appears prayer is as effective as a wish. I don’t get heaven and hell. Its a nice thought that a great reckoning will be done at the end of ones life and the mean assholes will go to hell. This belief that God is looking after you, or even better, that God has a plan for you. Seriously?? god is actually micromanaging your life?? All this does is to provide you with a complete false sense of security. It gets really scary when some young members of a congregation go to very dangerous countries to perhaps help in orphanages and are convinced that “GOD” is looking after them. Ludicrous!! When I tell believers that I am an atheist they look at me like I am a devil worshiper!! Hilarious!! Look….1) There is no devil. 2) There is no god. 3) No heaven, no hell. 4) Was there a dude 2000 years ago named jesus who claimed he was gods son? Probably, but he wasn’t gods son. Did he perform miracles? Of course not. The bible is a poorly written, contradictory fable. I especially found gods thoughts and rules on slavery sickening….Anyway, I’m sure I pissed all you believers off. I’ve never contributed online before, but I thought I would add to the discussion


    • Crankypants says:

      Danny,On the evolution of man, if that is the way man evolved is that evolution still going on and if not why not? See, what I don’t understand about evolution is anyone proving that it is still going on. I may be wrong on this but I think evolution was called a theory.

      Another thought on evolution. Each human body has the same parts ( brain, lungs, heart etc) and basically work the same way. A doctor studies medicine and learns where all the parts of the body are and how they function (this has not changed). Now if evolution were true each body would be different because who knows what part of the evolution cycle it was in. Automobiles evolved. Body styles, engine functions etc

      I do not pretend to be a “know it all” on religion. However, I do know that in my 77 years of life what has gone on in history is always being challenged. Yet, the facts in the Bible, (which has been around longer than you or I unlike books I studied from in school) are still true and the Bible is still around.

      God set some moral standards which we are to follow. I have found out that when I do my life is much easier. That is where faith comes in which is also in the Bible. God has a plan for you and I and all the answers are in the Bible.

      • Rich Wilson says:

        The word ‘theory’ has essentially two meanings. The one you’re using is an idea or a guess. That’s not what a scientific theory is though. That germs cause disease is also a ‘theory’. So is the explanation of gravity.

        As for doctors and body parts, evolution is simply a lot slower than you imagine. Lactose tolerance is a good example of an evolutionary adaptation, and took thousands of years. Here’s a good article on it if you’d like to learn more about a specific example of human evolution http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/070401_lactose

        • Crankypants says:

          No matter what definition of evolution you use it still means that it is an idea or supposition given by someone. Your reference to the paper on lactose tolerance is a good example. It was written by a man(or men) and therefore it is their idea based on the evidence they looked at. However, it doesn’t mean that it occurred that way.

          You see, if you believe in God then you believe He created all.

          • Rich Wilson says:

            You’re actually kind of correct. Evidence only gives us a level of certainty. In the case of a criminal trial, we require only “beyond a reasonable doubt”. And of course sometimes the court system assigns that certainly incorrectly.

            But say you walk into the kitchen, see the cookie jar open, and your daughter is standing there with a guilty look and cookie crumbs all over her face. And since you cleaned the jar just 5 minutes ago, you decide to dust it for prints, and find only her fingerprints on it. If you really don’t value evidence, then you won’t know whether or not your daughter just ate a cookie.

            To be fair, the bible isn’t telling you that your daughter didn’t eat a cookie. But at some point you must wonder which has the greater weight behind it- the bible, or the facts right in front of you.

            Reminds me of a quote by Sam Harris:

            “If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it?”

  10. Titus says:

    Catholics mean the pope is infallible when teaching on matters of faith and morals, popes are not sinless by any means.

    • Anon says:

      Infallible. Great word but not one I would use in religion. Our priest thinks he is infallible in everything which i do not like and take offense to. If the Pope is infallible on faith and moral issues where does God stand?

      Protestant and Catholics can interpret the Bible and come up with church dogma but it doesn’t always mean it is correct.

      For me, teaching loving God and your neighbor and forgiving one another is the key to the teachings of the Bible. That is something we can do inside our church as well as outside and is the commandment of God

    • CJ davis says:

      1. The pope is not infallible regardless of whether Catholics feel he’s infallible when teaching doctrine or in his walk in life. The only infallible truth is the bible and the bible is the only doctrine we should follow. I know the history on Martin Luther removing 7 books from the bible, but the reason is why’s should be looked at even more closely. Bottom line every book in the bible was written by a man. Men can make mistakes. Now if Martin Luther was led by the Holy Spirit to remove these books for the reason that it contradicted other parts of the bible that’s between Luther and God and as Christians and reading the bible for our selves and asking God guide our footsteps. We will know which bible we should read and follow. On another note. I don’t understand why Catholics feel just because they have the longest paper trail of doing the same religion for centuries, it makes them automatically 100%right. Just because there was slavery for years doesn’t mean it was right. I feel Catholics use their history as the backbone of their argument when in theory the backbone of their argument should come straight from the bible. Now I haven’t read the 7 books of the bible that were removed so maybe in those books they were told to be catholic and do all the tradtions they do such as praying to dead people they call saints and worshipping an infallible supposedly human the pope. I’m not here to judge I’m not here to say who will go to hell Thats not what God appointed me to do but infill stand for the word of God. Indont believe every catholic is going to hell not do I feel that every Protestant will go to hell because of the traditions an doctrines we have been taught over the years. When teaching the word of God, it is a very big reaposibility. And the ones who started these doctrines and religions if they weren’t led by God and made them for their own motives they will have to stand to god one day and be judged for whatever route they took. At the end of the day God said to enter the gates of heaven all you must do is believe and we are saved through grace by faith. Grace covers our sins. God blessed us with the instinct of right and wrong and that instinct is the Holy Spirit. I truly believe if your a catholic or Protestant and you have 100 % belief your doing exactly the worker of our father Jesus Christ with no conviction, even if something may not line up according to the way heat want it as long as you believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose on the third day, every knee and every tonight shall confess that Jesus is lord and believe in the holy trinity, that grace will be there to save you because that’s why we have grace to for give us for our sins that aren’t predetermined in the midst of our wrong doings. Jesus did this because he knows that man is addicted to son and that no human can ever be infallible. I mean we’re already born into sin so we can never be perfect but the grace of God will always save us.

      Holy water Catholics, Protestants have blessed anointed oil and we use it the same way Catholics use holy water. To cast out demons and to anoint.

      We don’t use the Eucharist but we just call it holy communion representing the body and blood of Christ. We don’t believe that a human can change the bread and wine to Jesus blood and body unless God blessed the hands of that pastor or priest or bishop at that lonely to actually turn it we do believe that can happen but no man had that power. Through Christ it is possible though.
      Protestants don’t have nuns but we do believe that if a man or woman isn’t married they should never fornicate. We recognize that I scripture God said if a man or woman can handle not being married and not having sex to do so if called but if he or she can’t to marry. So we do believe In celibacy. We just calm it no sex before marriage same thing.
      And as far as saying the Catholic Church is the one true church, I have never seen that statement in the bible or hear God say it in the word of God. I feel to make a statement that bodly Jesus would have let every know he was catholic and Catholicism is the only way to go. And by Allan’s if he said that if be catholic til I died. But we all know he didn’t say that that’s why we have so many different denominations to begin with. Jesus didn’t have a religion he simply said in am about the work of my father, which is the word of God. John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Honestly if you feel your religion is better than some ones else’s that is also a Christian that’s not of God right there. First who are we to judge and secondly how do you know God is dealing with that denomination of people intimatley to begin with. All these denominations, all I see at the forefront is pride not love. God said if a tree bears bad fruit it’s not god if a tree bears food fruit it is of God. That’s all we have to go off of. Why does it bother people so much any ways (different denominations). Most of the things I have talked on are tradition and we get stuck in tradition when we solid only be stuck on the truth which is the word of God. tradition won’t get you in to heaven your obedience to God and what you believe will. Like I said I’m not here to judge. In all I say I say in love. And if I’m wrong I pray God show me what’s right. I pray we all love one another and be led by the Holy Spirit and if we have been led in the wrong direction may the grace of God save us all. Remember what matters and what’s the truth. Not tradition but em the word of God only. It’s the blueprint to get to heaven

      • Debbie says:

        Hi CJ,

        Could you tell where in the Bible it says “The only infallible truth is the bible and the bible is the only doctrine we should follow.”

        In Charity,


  11. Anonymous says:

    Both Protestants and Catholics are Christian. Protestants and Catholics alike believe that Jesus died for our sins, rose from the dead, and is the Son of God. Why is it that we fight our brothers and sisters in Christ? Jesus would not want us to fight over the understandings of God. We aren’t supposed to understand everything God has planned for us. As Christians, we are supposed to pray to God, to ask forgiveness for our sins, and to remember God. Whether if you believe in the confession with a priest, or if you believe in forgiveness of sins by grace, we are all asking for forgiveness in some form. If you believe in the Eucharist being the body and blood of Jesus Christ, you believe that God is with you always, and that he has the power to make miracles happen (a miracle such as making the wafers and wine into the body and blood). If you believe that the wine and wafers that you receive at church are representative of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, you still believe that God is with you always. You also believe that God can do miracles such as rising from the dead, which the wafers and wine represent. The real thing all of us Christians should be focusing on is not that we are so divided and different, but that we are all similar in God. God wants all of us to be together in lieu of our differences.He also does not want people to blame others for the Reformation. He loves all of us regardless as I love all of you.

  12. Jp says:

    For people to say they are religious and post some of the disgusting senseless narrow minded bullshit I am reading sickens me. Get over yourselves, you will all be judged by the same God. The bible will be interpreted as it has been time and time again by different people and groups , that the nature of all written words. Simple, you have no right , none whatsoever to judge others , that’s Gods job! Simply respect other religions whilst being proud of your own……

  13. Richard N says:

    Ask yourself if Jesus returned today , would He be happy to see us all going to different churches on Sunday. We should be one just as the father and he are one. We were one till the reformation. Now there are literally thousands Of denominations. Just sad about it.

  14. Flame says:

    thanks for the 12 things it really helped with my essay

  15. Nat says:

    I am 13 and I don’t understand the difference between Catholicism and Christianity

    • Crankypants says:

      To keep this short Christianity is defined as a monotheistic (one god) religion whose adherents believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the son of God and their savior.

      Now, under that definition comes the religions of Catholicism and Protestantism. Catholicism has their own church teachings and procedures to follow as does Protestantism.

      Unfortunately, one can be taught a religion but living it becomes a real problem.

  16. ACB says:

    This list is too simplistic to be correct. There are more than one type of Catholic. So, maybe the title should be the differences between Roman Catholics and some Protestants.

    1. The Greek Orthodox (Coptic) Church has their own Pope. They aren’t Protestants or Catholics. See the The Great Schism of 1054. They are however Christians.
    2. Episcopalians (Protestant) have some very beautiful Cathedrals and “Fancy” Churches. So do, the Greek Orthodox for that matter.
    3. Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Roman Catholics all include the concept of intercession of saints. (i.e. praying for intercession).
    4. Holy Water is used in Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Episcopalian faiths. It is also used in other formats by other other religions.
    5. Eastern Catholics (those in communion with the Pope and those not in communion with the Pope) also have celibate priests. There are Protestant nuns as well(mostly in Europe).
    6. The statement is true about only Roman Catholics believing in Purgatory when called Purgatory. However, Eastern Orthodoxy, Episcopalians, and Lutherans have similar concepts called other things like the “Final purification.” In addition, Judaism also believes in the possibility of after-death purification. (An interesting perspective on Purgatory by a Protestant: http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/29/purgatory-prayer-protestants/
    7. 7, 8, and 9 appear to be simplistic explanations of complex concepts. To say that 30,000+ sects of Protestants don’t have commonalities with “Catholics” is misleading. I don’t think that can be done in a 12 point list.
    8. Episcopalians have Sacraments too. They just don’t number them or necessarily agree as to which event is a sacrament.
    9. Again, I direct you to Anglicans … They do have a series of church holy days. They celebrate them differently but, they exist. Please see the Lesser Feasts and Fasts published by the Episcopalian Church.
    10. The Episcopalians and other Orthodox faiths also believe that at Communion members truly receive the Body and Blood of Christ. They then go off to diverge a bit in regard to how Christ becomes present in the Eucharist. Again, a much more complex concept than a simple list can address.

    The biggest problem with the decrease in Church membership is that fewer and fewer people truly understand the basic concepts of their own faith as well as the faiths of others. They have lost sight of the fact that there are greater similarities than differences between religions. Focusing on the differences causes a negative environment. And religious based conflict will continue in this world until people start cataloging the similarities and stop fighting over and highlighting the differences.

    Frankly, I do not think this list was well researched at all.

    • Janine Bryant says:

      I think that ACB replies with wisdom and factuality. As one who has a very close friend who is an Anglican Benedictine Monk I can tell you that Episcopalians do have Monks! My church (Presbyterian) has at least three nuns in Nigeria beginning an order. We are all in need of each other! All Christians, I believe, are called together into faith and love and service in Jesus Christ our savior. And it is time to learn from one another and together show the world the love of Jesus.

  17. lolers says:

    I pray to one God coz he listens

  18. Anonymous says:

    You too debbie

  19. Anonymous says:

    I dont care at all about all this crap. The author can do what she wants so shut up about it. also, Other anonymous no one gives a crap about your opinion

  20. Libra says:

    All of you need to be silence your argues no one will win between your idealistic knowledge for every person has a different perspectives if you want to finish your arguments between to beliefs then why don’t you tell your leaders in your country with your dominant religion to war with each other Protestants (U.S,Australia,Canada,U.K., New Zealand,Norway,and Scotland) Vs. Catholics (Brazil,Mexico,Philippines,Argentina,Spain,France,Democratic Rep. Of Congo,Italy, Colombia and Chile)
    Then may the best country win ..!..

  21. Ann96 says:

    I liked and agreed with most of these until the last few.
    Quote “Protestants teach that salvation is attained through faith alone.”
    Not so. We as Protestants believe one must humble themselves, repent and ask forgiveness, believe that Christ is Gods son then speak it and teach it and ask Christ into our lives and heart to obtain salvation. And while we do believe you don’t have to obey a human being about going to church we also value church. If one doesn’t attend they are shamed as much as Catholics shame. Believe me I know. I am not a weekly church goer but if you think for one minute my fellow Protestants don’t mind that your wrong. Lets just say I see now that it’s about my relationship with God and not the church and me.

    As far as the bread and wine being symbolic. There is a reason for that. It’s because Christ used it that way himself in the last supper. Symbolically. And as far as interpreting the bible, this is a thorn in the side of all faith. The Catholic church kept the bible from their members for years. Never allowing anyone to read and interpret it except Priests. That and other aspects of human control is why there is now a Protestant population. It’s one thing to show respect to a pastor or priest. But it’s a whole other thing to allow him alone to give a message meant for everyone. The bible was intended for all eyes. Without that privilege one is following mans word and not Gods. As far as the pope being infallible? Sorry but every human being in this world knows there is not such thing as an infallible human.

    But beyond all of this correcting and assumption is something that rings true and is of most importance. We as Christians, no matter our denomination or differences should not be fighting about who is right and who is wrong. After all, as Christian we believe we are guided and lead by God. Fighting among our-shelves only makes us look like a bunch of confused liar to non-believers.

    • Debbie says:

      With all due respect to Ann96. I have lived as a Protestant for over 10 years (just now getting ready to enter the Catholic Church)….and the Protesters do believe in faith alone. That’s why they constantly call Catholicism a “works” based “religion”.

      As far as the bread and wine becoming The Real Body and Blood of Christ…the early Church fathers disagree with the Protesters interpretation. My goodness, even Luther (who really started all this splitting of Christians believed it too.

      The Catholic magisterium did at times try to keep the laity from not really reading The Bible….but from reading it and interpreting it incorrectly. They recognize that self-interpretation of Sacred Scripture will prove harmful to the Christian…just as Scripture declares in one of Peter’s (I forget which one) letters. Also, 1 Timothy 3:15 states that THE CHURCH is the pillar and bulwark of all truth…again, not individuals interpretation. Plus…it just begs the question of Protestants…if they ALL have The Holy Spirit guiding them…why is there not unity in each of their interpretation?

      • Crankypants says:


        I found this The word “church” comes from the Greek word ekklesia which is defined as “an assembly” or “called-out ones.” The root meaning of “church” is not that of a building, but of people. Romans 16:5 says “… greet the church that is in their house.” Paul refers to the church in their house—not a church building, but a body of believers.

        If you have read any of my posts you can see I am opposed to the Catholic church. Additionally, as a Protestant, I also question some of what is said in the Protestant churches. Many pastors and people who put articles on the internet get too long winded trying to mix history and what the scriptures say.

        I like to summarize the Bible in one word. OBEY! Those who didn’t ran into trouble whereas those who did obey had great outcomes. The choice then seems easy to me. Four verses that I like are Matthew 22:37-39, John 3:16, John 5:24 and Romans 10:6-9

        • Debbie says:


          I am wondering why so many Protesters think that Catholics believe “The Church” is a building. That is so not the case. Of course The Church IS the people, with Christ as The Head. As a former Protestant though I find my current Church so much more beautiful than many of the Protestant churches I’ve attended, especially those is high school gyms that have zero reminders of why or Who we are there to Worship and Praise. I like my faith’s beautiful churches with the beautiful reminders of what Christ did for us (The Crucifix), the incense (kinda like God the Father enjoying the aroma of the burnt offerings), the art work and statues (kinda like how God the Father demanded the Ark and the Holy of Holies be built in very specific and beautiful detail), the singing of the Psalms and much of the liturgy. Beautiful…but we do know it’s the people who make up the Church and it’s the people who actually build the church and it’s the people who actually Worship in said Church. And it’s the people who God saves….not brick and mortar. We get it. And the obeying thing? Yeah, we get that too. That’s the goal. And we believe most especially in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist….because it doesn’t offend us as Christ asked in John 6:61…when He let many of His disciples walk away. I am sorry that you seem to chose to also walk away.

    • dcrum says:

      I agree with You Ann96! Praise God!

  22. Observer says:

    Essentially, Protestantism is Catholicism without the baggage. Protestants believe that the church is there to encourage, support and convey Christianity, but not to lay down laws.
    Protestants also believe that it is personal relationship with God that matters, and that a person doesn’t need to jump through hoops that are stipulated by the church to reach God.
    However, some forms of Protestantism do promote a strictly disciplined lifestyle.
    Protestant churches do not believe that a Priest can make things holy or give someone greater access to God. Nor do they believe that a Priest can speak on behalf of God or offer forgiveness accordingly.
    The Atheist against Christian argument is one that can not be won either way. Suffice to say that religion offers many people comfort and reassurance. It is only the corruption of religion that causes problems in the world.

    • Buttercup says:

      It is very interesting reading all the debates between Catholics and Protestants. I am Catholic. I attended a bible study and a few Sunday services at my friends Christian Church. Every time I was with them there was some type of Catholic bashing. I became especially turned off when the pastor of this church called me at home to tell me that the 12 step program that I have been involved with for over 10 years won’t save me. He said that faith, and only faith, would save me. I told him that faith without works is dead. That is my belief. Therefore I try to do God’s work by trying to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. AA is my church. The beautiful building where I gather with other Catholics on Sunday’s is where I go to fill myself up with the Holy Spirit and to praise God. As far as rules and jumping through hoops to be a good Catholic, that just isn’t so. I know right from wrong. I’m an adult. God doesn’t make too hard terms for those who seek Him (page 46 Alcoholics Anonymous). I never really knew much about Protestants until my friend decided she didn’t like being Catholic and joined this church I spoke of. I was really surprised at the Catholic bashing. We don’t ever do that in our church. I believe that many roads lead to God. And I choose to stay on the road I am on. It is working for me.

      • Anna says:

        In response to Anonymous who wrote this.
        33 A.D…Jesus ordained Peter to be the head of His Church on earth when He said to Peter (which means “Rock”):
        “Upon this Rock I will build My Church and the gates of
        h e l l will not prevail against it.”
        While some of both churches believe this I differ on my opinion. See when Jesus said that to Peter he was Standing upon the high rock hill over Cessarea Phillipi. As he and Peter looked upon the Pagan worship to false Gods there Christ made that statement. He stated he would build his church on that rock. In that place. The meaning that makes more common sense is that upon his return he would overtake the Pagan temples and places when he returned. Building on their sacred yet perverted lands. Rising above them in glory and dominance. What he meant imo was not that Peter was the head of the church. See even though the name Peter means “Rock” it is not a basis to assume Christ meant Peter was the leader of the “real” and legit church.

        What about the teachings of the other apostles? Do they bear no meaning at all? It is James, the pastor of the Jerusalem church, who this sums up (verses 13-19). This helps us to understand how the apostles (plural) form the foundation of the church with the prophets (Ephesians 2:20).

        Peter was not infallible. No one other than Christ was. All of the disciples were common men who sinned. Peters greatest sin in my opinion was arrogance. Read Matthew 16:21-23, where Jesus has to rebuke Peter severely for a wrong attitude immediately after His statement about the “rock.” In addition, the apostle Paul later corrects him publicly for returning to the Jewish practice of refusing to eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2:11-14).
        So you see imo neither church is correct. As I believe Christ was speaking of concurring the true enemies of the church. False Gods and the worship of them.

        • Anna says:

          Please allow me to also add that a quick study of Caesarea Philippi will show that it was indeed called “The Gates of Hell” at the time. Human sacrifices to Pan, among other false Gods and Goddesses, were thrown into the mouth of the cave into dark waters. They believed that their Gods lived below it. Just take a look at the teaching about the place. It makes much more sense that Christ was speaking of the place rather than Peter himself.

  23. Linsey says:

    Obviously written by a catholic….. I am a protestant, but I am a born again Christian and I attend church every week, not just at Christmas. The bible teaches that to pray to any idol is a sin.

  24. Anonymous (the original) says:

    To Anonymous (posted 12-16-14 @ 2:58 am)
    Excuse me, but first of all, I am sick and tired of Protestants bashing my Faith! My explanations / clarifications don’t mean a darn thing to them, as they still insist on bashing! Can you understand that? Meanwhile, Catholics, including myself, do not attack anyone’s faith because we are told to respect them and their faith.
    Secondly, I am not about to tell someone they are right about their belief in HERESIES, while they are telling ME that my Faith is wrong! Is that so difficult for you to understand?
    Third, “ignorant” means NOT learned. So if someone is expressing fallacies about my Faith, that means he / she is ignorant ABOUT my Faith.
    Fourth, time after time after time, I tried to be dignified.
    Put this all together, I am definitely NOT hypocritical at all as a True Catholic.
    Now! how would you react if someone kept bashing your faith, despite your continuous dignified efforts?
    ps: YOUR point was to do more bashing simply because I am Catholic! People like you do not represent the Christian faith at all!

    • Crankpants says:

      To anonymous (the first):

      You are right. A lot of what is posted here is bashing. I probably am one who has done it.

      We will know who is right and who is wrong when the Lord comes and we are before Him at judgement day.

  25. Jovic says:

    Dear brethren.
    Need not to debate but love one another and pray for one another. Let not the confusion clouds your mind. Let those who have ears hear. Everyone got their questions and doubts. God will answer and reveal the wisdom to those who diligently seek Him and humble. The pure in heart will able to see Him.
    Let not your faith be bound by the man made law but the Word of God. For His pure love unto us is the salvation through Jesus Christ.

    John 3:16. You will find the answer.

    May God’s will be done here on earth as in Heaven. All glory to God. Thank you Jesus. Amen

  26. mama jie says:

    in islam theres syiah sunni wahabi @ kristian we havr protestan catoluk momons n so on@ but kristians seldom2 get physical whereas Moslems kill each other @ what the hack !! @ Atheist are on the fence @ Everybody wants Heaven n Nobody wants Hell @ So whats the catch here ???

    • Crankypants says:

      After all is said and done there are two things that will never change and makes all created equal. By the way, these facts can’t be disputed. 1. We never asked to come into this world. 2. The sperm of a man united with the egg of a woman to create us.

      No matter how much I agree or disagree with a ones
      religion, political beliefs, economic conditions etc. I always keep the above two things in mind as I look at a person or read what someone says in a post to a forum.

      There is not room enough here to go into the possible results of this but suffice to say that if we treat each other equal i think it would make the world a lot better.

  27. charles S says:

    Having a fierce argument with an atheist is a waste of space. Just as Jesus is No 1 Catholic/Protestant, Adolf H. is No.1 Atheist. Hated Christianity as felt he would escape damnation for his crimes against the world/humanity. Amen.

  28. guy180090876 says:

    i am an athiest i just came to this page for a school project. i read this a second time (to copy paste it into power point) and i realized most of this is bias… i wont go into detail but this person (wendy thomas russell) seems to be protestant and disbeliveing in roman catholics

    • TONY DAVIS says:

      A number of those 12 points are rickydoodless. (2) Protestants have Cathedrals, (5)There are Protestant nuns. (8)Protestants learn the catechism to be allowed to take the sacraments. It’s all bull-shit!!!

  29. ebony says:

    I’m very offended .let me explain y some of the commenters are wrong first :some as U call them Catholics are bad but they aren’t real Catholics ! Prods do bad stuff to doesn’t mean all prods R bad .everyone would just say they aren’t TRUE prods. Next U say we pray to saints maybe 1 out of 100 catholics do this ur just trying anything U can find 2 b mean .next we didn’t think of the pope as Jesus R U a complete i wont even finish. He’s just some one 2 make the dessions .i do agree tho the churches should be plainer but we make the house of god beautiful isn’t a good thing? I could go on and on but almost all of the comments are just spiteful. Just please don’t be such an ass . I’m from the north of Ireland U my or not no that chatholics were treated very badly there and still are. A man called Ian passley called out the names of children men and women on the street and when they went to burn them .little children burning crying on one tried to help them why would they, they pray to Saints! they are children dam it !my great aunty went mad thinking Ian was after her . And to this day people praise him wanting his signature no joke . Those children dead and U go on like this there is no need people please wake up can’t U see their past suffering .that was only an example. Much more happened and continues happening. MUCH MORE. You think U think ur greater ur not ! Ur just Catholics who find it to hard to have enough faith . That’s the differents prods don’t believe in every thing in the bible . U say u have to except Jesus into ur heart to go 2 heaven what if a Hindu died a Hindu that never hurt any one a Hindu that lets say gave up his life for others yes God would really let him burn in ever lasting fire . Sorry but these offended me greatly just don’t be so spiteful . Oh and im a 13 year old girl just so u know. let us love and live in harmony xo

    • arlette says:

      I dont believe what im reading !
      Protestants ,Catholics who cares ! fithing over
      who belives what ,we all translate the Bible differently .
      keep reading the more you read it the more you’ll understand
      As Christians we should love each other not tear each other apart
      Jesus loved everyone!
      We dont want what happen in Irland or
      whats happening in the middle east , genosice because
      of a little difference in believe.
      And im not talking of Isis who has no religion.

      Christ love

  30. Atheist666 says:


  31. Anonymous says:

    1. God, the Father, is absolute Perfect.
    2. Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, is the Light, the Truth, and the Way.
    No one goes to God the Father but through Him.
    3. The Holy Spirit, the Enlightener, 3rd Person of the Blessed Trinity, descended as He was given to us by Jesus Christ…since Jesus ascended to Heaven in a glorified Body.
    Saul, a pagan Roman soldier, was re-named “Paul” by God upon a VERY profound ENLIGHTENMENT from God.
    He then was and is in GREAT favor with God…and was one of the STRONGEST, widest preachers of the Christian Faith…despite enduring MANY years of being scorned, tortured, imprisoned, and enduring MANY other tribulations.
    He fought the “Good fight” to the end of his life…and is St. Paul.
    The Divine Mystery…3 Divine Persons in One:
    God, the Father…God, the Son…God, the Holy Spirit.
    This Divine Mystery was illustrated to convert the pagans by St. Patrick with a 3-leaf clover.

    Paul, formerly Saul, was and is in GREAT favor with God

    • khubaib says:

      yaa well here are some athiests who are saying juses have not ability of miracles,you dont believe its upon you,but he showed any miracles,
      i am a muslim i believe on all the prophtes from adam and eve to hazrat muhammed (saw),our concepts are so much clearer than all the religions of world,well we have 4 book, the book od david,bible,book of moses and the last and only acceptable book Quran kareem,there are millions of muslims all around the world if you see our last holly book is same all our the world,i challenge you to put out one mistake from it i will change my religion.
      here is my facebook name (khubaib shahaab)bobby and khubaibshahab@gmail.com,
      please open your eyes time is passing so fast,dont know when holly Ghost comes and take our soul out of body
      please just read translation of Quran just for one time,
      i am not forcing you maybe you found something new there,
      At last criticizing any one religion is sin in our religion so please never criticize anyone,all of you will go to your own graves,make you this life good so you may prosper in next
      thank you :)

  32. Amanda says:

    This post seems to be more biased towards Protestants. Just saying

    • Greg says:

      totally, we Catholics need your help – Crankypants, ( I get this image of a person whose sleep is being disturbed) is a tough nut to crack.

      • Anonymous says:

        Over the past few months, several of us have vigorously and clearly TRIED to explain our Catholic Christian Faith to him. We did so out of our obligation, but primarily our LOVE and FIRM belief in our ONE, TRUE FAITH, founded by Jesus Christ in 33 A.D….which has and will ALWAYS remain untainted and intact.
        One teaching that I personally brought to his attention is: NOT to debate or argue the Holy Bible, aka, God’s Eternal Word.

        Yet, he alone continues to insist on debating / arguing Scripture, ie, our SOLID beliefs STRAIGHT from the Holy Bible and believed by BILLIONS of faithful over the centuries.

        And he defies the Pope!
        I explained to him about the fallacies Protestants thrust on our Faith…and the FACTUAL fallacies of Protestantism. Yet, he continues to ignore.
        I derived from him that:

        – he does not attend any Church.

        – he is truly NOT interested in learning about our Faith.

        – his HARASSING mission is to TRY to prove our Faith AND God wrong!
        Taking ALL of the above into consideration:

        I have concluded that he is intentionally obstinent, and totally SELF-serving. And he is also leaning towards BIGOTRY!
        In conclusion: it has long been time to do as Jesus tells us: “Shake the dust off your sandals.”
        May God have mercy on his soul.

        God bless ALL who defended our ONE, TRUE FAITH!

  33. bjay says:

    @ crankpants
    -it is also written in the scripture that we are all gods.

    • Greg says:

      No, that we are indowed with the holy spirit, which is the third nature of God. Why would you want to be God, don’t you have enough on your plate as it is.

  34. sam says:

    jesus of the buybull was not perfect he was only a man..he ate food and pooped in the woods…he ordered those who deny him to be killed luke 19 27….he also said ‘the greatest commandment is to worship only the one god with all your heart and souls’ same was taught by adam noah Abraham moses and Muhammad…paul taught ‘god a triune 3 in 1 god and ggod deeds are like filthy rags useless’…this is what satan teaches paul was deceived oy vey

    • Greg says:

      sam, I want you to get your mind out of the woods, and consider the dual nature of Jesus. Divine but a man tempted in every way as you and I. It’s all right there, oh, and try looking it up in a bible, not that other book to which you refer.

  35. Ella says:

    One last thing to add to crankypants, what came first the Bible or the Church? And I’m referring to the bible as we know it today new and old. Well…the church came first, what church? The Catholic Church it was a catholic bishop who decided to put the books together who choose the four gospels that were inspired by the Holy Spirit. This was in the year 398 almost 400 years after Christ. Also too, if you study the first fathers of the church all of them believed in Mary like us catholic still do, venerated the first saints the apostles and all the martyrs who were killed for their faith and guess what all those people who died didn’t even have a bible. If you think about it and reason at the end of Matthew Jesus tells the apostle to go preach what they learned and baptize in the name of father,son and Holy Spirit. He didn’t send them to go write bibles and for everyone to believe in him and interpret how ever they want. Even one of the founders of Protestant believed in Mary, matin Luther. And where did he come from he was catholic because there was no other church. And here’s the last thing, the bible is important but we know that it’s not all there. God came to save all of us not just a few, not just Catholics and what saves us is not just being catholic. At the end of our days when we stand before him in the last judgement he not going to judge us for the amount of faith we have but for how much love we had for the people we encountered. If you are here visiting this site, you are looking for answers…look for the truth and you will find it. I was in your same place three years ago I was looking for the truth and by the grace of God I found that Jesus founded one holy church and it was the Roman Catholic Church and I found not one error. May God bless you and show you who are looking the way and the truth.

    • Crankypants says:

      Ella, your references to the Gospel of Luke regarding Mary are fairly accurate. As I read Luke 35 though it says “ The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be holy; he will be called Son of God. This is God doing the work no one else. As I read John 3:16 God gave His only begotten Son. God can do mighty things as we know and the birth of John (to elderlhy parents) and Jesus (to a virgin) are number one.

      As far as the Holy Spirit, if you read Luke and the account of John being conceived verse 15 says “for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

      In Luke 1:28 Mary states that as a result of her service all generations will call me blessed. This is not a statement of pride, but is a remembrance of what the angel had already told her. When the angel Gabriel appeared, he proclaimed in verse 28, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women” .

      As far as Jesus honoring His mother what about Luke 11:27-28. when Jesus reveals that His followers can be even more blessed. At one point, when He is teaching, a woman shouts out from the crowd, “Blessed is the womb that bore you…” Jesus responds by saying, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!”

      Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus says the greatest commandment of all is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind. All writings in the Bible tell of how great God is and how we should worship Him and for me it doesn’t mention Mary.

      • Anonymous says:

        1.Since you are Protestant, you are most likely following the KJV, “the” Bible that was RE-translated by King James to glorify is sovereignty…the King James VERSION.
        – You most likely believe the FALSE doctrine that Mary, the Perpetual Virgin Mother of God, had other children.
        Truth: Mary’s womb was the PURE VESSEL that carried the Son of God. Her womb was NOT defiled by carrying humans with original sin, ie, NO other children.
        – You VERY unfortunately do not believe in the Transubstantiation…the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
        – But you believe in the so-called “Rapture,” invented by John Darby in 1830…a FALSE doctrine. (research it)
        Believe me, the “Rapture” is NOT going to happen.
        So if anyone is believing stuff thought up by men, you got it.
        ***At the end of Revelation, God FIRMLY warns not to add or change His Eternal Word!*** (IF your bible contains that.)
        3. Catholics do NOT worship Mary. NO Catholic says that we worship Mary. Catholics worshipping Mary is a FALLACY spread by Protestant faiths.
        4. Mary (Jesus’ Mother) and John (His favorite Apostle) stood at the foot of His Cross…and He said to John: “Behold your Mother.”
        Therefore, Jesus gave His Mother to us.
        5. Jesus performed His first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana>>>>at the request of His Mother. She interceded with a request for their hosts.
        Therefore, we HONOR Mary as our Mother and ask her to intercede for us in prayer. And she does.
        6. There is much more PROOF about Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, with Catholic beliefs, but you need to abandon your beliefs in FALSE man-made “doctrines” first and then grasp TRUE beliefs that have remained and will remain untainted and solid…in the Catholic Christian Faith.
        Would you mind stating your specific denomination…who founded it…and in what year was it founded

        • Crankypants says:

          First, the Bible is my church and my denomination.

          Second, in an effort to understand Catholics and Mary explain this:(Catechism 968-970, 2677) CO-MEDIATOR ‑- Mary is the Co-Mediator to whom we can entrust all our cares and petitions.

          1 Timothy 2:5-6 says “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

          Now, maybe somewhere in historical writings it explains Mary but until someone shows me I cannot believe she should in anyway be exalted as the
          Catholics do.

          Lastly, there is only one person who died on the cross for our sins and that was Jesus. Mary did not do that. So, when a pope calls out for Mary to help him in time of need, I cannot for the life of me, accept anything that comes from the Catholic church.

          Yes I am Protestant and proud of it. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins past current and future. I do not need to say rosaries, I don’t have Holy Days of Obligation and on and on. These are man made things.

          What I do have is the Bible and no matter how it was translated the message is still there. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be save. Plan and simple no frills.

          • Anonymous says:

            CRANKYPANTS, I have explained about Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, over and over and over and over….and supplied biblical reference.
            Your problem ALL along has been and is: you don’t want to admit to being WRONG…due to your arrogance and obstinence….(or is it PRIDE and EGO)…..which both sets are TOTALY UN-Christian!
            That is the way you present yourself…along with PROVING your TOTAL IGNORANCE of the Catholic Faith…while thinking you know it all.
            >>>>Is that what you are proud of?<<<<
            And it seems that you do not even attend Church….
            ….so you have NO room to talk at all!
            Meanwhile, AGAIN, you most likely believe in the KJV….King James VERSION, his RE-translated bible…..and who knows what other man-made beliefs you have…most likely for one: the ridiculous rapture.
            Did you research any of the above? NOOOOOOO!
            (if you did and discovered the truth, you wouldn't admit it anyway.)
            So, again, YOU have NO room to talk!…or point fingers.
            Anyway, us TRUE Catholics are humbly proud of our ONE, TRUE Faith: the Catholic Christian Faith….and we have EVERY TRUTHFULLY supported biblical reason to be proud.
            And believe me, you are NOT going to change Catholic dogmas or doctrines EVER! IF you think so, your ego is beyond inflated!
            Now, go research your fallacies.
            And start with: the bible and "Christian" faith according to Crankypants!

          • Anonymous says:

            ps: if you truly were content with your faith, you would not be OBSESSED with the ONE, TRUE Faith: the Catholic Christian Faith.
            Something must be stirring inside you causing a conflict as you keep to TRYING and FAILING to prove us wrong…because deep down, subconsciously, YOU really KNOW that you are wrong!….and you are trying to fight it.

          • Anonymous says:

            There are actually numerous translation from the original texts.

          • Anonymous says:

            It’s so hypocritical how you are talking about your Universal Catholic faith when you only care about yourself being a ‘TRUE’ Catholic and calling people ‘WRONG’ and ‘IGNORANT’

      • Greg says:

        Good to see you’re back – you should check in more – you’re to only one coming forward with some intelligent remarks.

    • Crankypants says:

      Ella, once again I have to disagree with you. Church:The word “church” as rendered in the New Testament comes from the Greek term ekklesia which is formed from two Greek words meaning “an assembly” and “to call out” or “called out ones.” In summary, the New Testament church is a body of believers who have been called out from the world by God to live as his people under the authority of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). This group of believers or “the body of Christ” began in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost through the work of the Holy Spirit and will continue to be formed until the day of the rapture of the church.

      You can believe all you want about the dogma from the Roman Catholic Church but it is just that dogma. Rules and regulations thought up by men as time went on making their own interpretation of the writings of the apostles and others recorded in (the Bible).

      • Anonymous says:

        33 A.D…Jesus ordained Peter to be the head of His Church on earth when He said to Peter (which means “Rock”):
        “Upon this Rock I will build My Church and the gates of
        h e l l will not prevail against it.”
        Jesus gave Peter the Keys to His Kingdom when He said to Peter:
        “What ever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven.
        What ever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
        As Catholics, we have had a continuous, unbroken line of Peter’s successors to this very day: the Popes….who FIRMLY and consistently maintain Catholic dogmas and doctrine according to the Holy Bible.
        And we will continue to have continuous Papal successors until the end of time…
        …as JESUS GAVE AUTHORITY to Peter and the Apostles and Peter’s successors to make decisions guided ONLY by the Holy Spirit.
        The Popes are STRICTLY guided by the Holy Spirit
        As humans, they are fallible…but NOT with Catholic Faith Dogmas and doctrines…
        …which are STRICTLY based on the unchanged Holy Bible.
        So our beliefs are NOT “man-made.”…unlike….
        Historical FACT: PROTESTant leaders, founded numbers of Protestant faiths after Martin Luther’s HERETICAL separation…the Reformation in the 15th century…from the Christian Faith under the guidance of the Pope…as was initiated by Jesus Christ in 33 A.D.
        And they conduct their Protestant faiths with their OWN personal beliefs. (research it)
        Just to mention: my comments are not for the purpose of debate or argument.
        My comments are FACTS that I am relating, as in teaching.

        • Greg says:

          Amen, Anonymous!

        • http://livingtheway.org/binding.html

          Here’s a link I found enlightening when it comes to the ‘binding and loosing’ issue and ‘versions’ of the Bible … how many of us would be able to go to the most original ‘versions’ available to us (conceding that much was lost/destroyed/concealed/interpreted along the way so we don’t even have a full set to begin with) and do our own reading of those Greek and Aramaic texts?

          We can’t, most of us. So we take what has already been cut, filtered, altered, and reassembled – and assume that’s all there is to it – based on what? Whatever somebody a very long time ago chose to include, exclude, and interpret to meet their own agendas.

          “Matthew 16:19 … and I will give to thee the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens.”

          The link goes more fully into this, but the gist of it seems to be that the ‘binding and loosing’ occurs in the same order as everything else: God says so and man goes by that, not the other way around.

          Finding a more ‘original’ reading, for me, puts the whole issue into an entirely different perspective. The fact that the statement is repeated, and not just to Peter, using the same phrasing, gives it a ‘pay attention!’ status.

          In terms of the confessional, for an example, we don’t have to ‘buy’ our forgiveness – that price has already been paid once and for all. No human being, government, or organization gets to decide our guilt or innocence when it comes to spiritual matters. That’s between us and God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (the latter of Whom bides within us and will accuse us, convict us, chastise us when necessary, and accept our true repentance with forgiveness).

          I have a feeling that the book we call Bible, upon which we stake so much, is probably a little different from what the earliest believers (and I refer not only to Christianity but to Judaism as well) might have chosen for us … the good news is that, even though it’s ‘all we’ve got’ in terms of the written Word, we’ve got a much more powerful ally than many of us realize.

          The Holy Spirit can and does guide us to what we need to know and isn’t particularly dependent on anything in this world in getting that guiding done.

          Jesus is the Word. We can listen or not as we choose.

          A final question:

          Genesis Chapter 1 : “Let us create humankind in our image … male and female created he them …”

          Who was God talking to?

          How do the denominations agree or disagree on it?

          Shiela B.

    • Greg says:

      A good reminder of the history behind the writing of the bible and how it is a living document that still speaks to our society in present time, leading the way to salvation.
      These last three years were probably amazing for you, Ella. God Bless

  36. Austin says:

    I noticed that the article does kind of throw the protestant church to the side instead of being equal… “Ergo… shitty, abandoned storefront churches? All Protestant.” Also, no resources? I know I am Christian and I like to know this for sure. It’s not right to say all this with no real visible proof as to say all this of Christians. God knows it all, and what is right and wrong. I am not to correct, but to recognize and point that out. God knows it all, as I said, and something tells me something up the there is way off for both views.

  37. khay says:

    its not about the difference and the similarities of the church it about the faith that we have on through God and jesus .

  38. Greg says:

    sorry typo “Godwinks”

  39. ashli says:

    helped me on my history homework.

    • Greg says:

      Why not, God knows each one of us personally, as if noone else existed but you and God. I believe there is a book called “Bodwinks”, – happenings or coincidences that lead the believer with faith to say “God just introduced himself into a certain context of my life”. I call them spiritual miracles – they cause me to think about and praise God.

  40. Spandana says:

    I believe in life after death!!!
    I believe that the saints were very close to God n Jesus when they were alive n are closer to God even after their death!!!
    I ask my family n friends to pray for me… Similarly… I don’t think it is in anyway wrong to ask the saints to pray for me!!!
    If u really want to know what is right n wat is wrong… Why don’t u ask Jesus??? He will tell you!!! Why argue??? Why condemn????
    Ask the holy spirit to guide you!!
    God never wanted separation amongst his children!!! I wonder when we all will together call ourselves “CHRISTIANS” instead of Catholics and Protestants!!!!

    • Ali says:

      the saint and pious peoples was to follow, following their actions and teachings.

      They came as role model, to show right path.

  41. Glenn says:

    God paid too big of a price by the sacrifice of Jesus so we can have intimacy with Him. We are called children of God those who have accepted God’s gift for payment for sins. He did this so we could come directly to Him. He (God) is welcoming our approach to His throne. Can you imagine a Father that would receive request only by other siblings. He wants your heart (thoughts) to be made known.The Bible said that we are to call Him, Abba.

  42. Savio says:

    As Scripture indicates, those in heaven are aware of the prayers of those on earth. This can be seen, for example, in Revelation 5:8, where John depicts the saints in heaven offering our prayers to God under the form of “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” But if the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God, then they must be aware of our prayers. They are aware of our petitions and present them to God by interceding for us.

    • Crankypants says:

      Savio, from what I read the bowls of incense are all the prayers that have been made by all the saints (you and me and those who believe in God). BUT, this is an event that will take place at a future time. It is not an on going event.

      • anonymous says:

        God is always in the present…therefore, God’s Eternal Word is always in the present.
        There is no “time” with God and prayers.
        Prayers said long ago don’t have a time limit from the “past” and are not held to the “future.”

  43. Protestantism is far easy;simple;short to understand;follow than Catholicism.It’s
    more open;liberal;& welcomes & respects all other faiths religions like Hindusm.

    • anonymous says:

      Catholic means “Universal”…so indeed it is a TOTALLY welcoming Faith to ALL.
      “Protestantism is far easy, simple, & short”
      Catholicism mostly focuses on Spirituality…to raise our heart, mind, and total being to God. After all, we are primarily Spiritual beings…and we should be primarily concerned about our eternal after-life than this fleeting, temporary world.
      Understanding Catholicism comes through the grace of the Holy Spirit and the person’s willingness to accept His grace. It’s really not difficult at all.
      Unlike some Protestant faiths that actually teach their members to openly criticize and judge Catholics to condemnation, Catholics respect and do not bash other faiths.
      “open & liberal” is the opposite of “straight and narrow.”
      The pathway to Heaven is straight and narrow / God’s way….not man’s way.

      • Greg says:

        Yes, I used to watch the Billy Graham Crusades when they were live. Always deeply moving, as the whold stadium would rise to their feet and come down to Reverand Graham – “do you want to be sure, sure that you are saved, then come down now, because Jesus always wanted an open and public proclaimation that he is Lord.” And, I, being Roman Catholic, agree but, down deep, in my core, and in my reason, I feel I need to take it one step further. The Catholic religion seems to support this core sensability I have. The Protestant Religion seems to say “nope, you’re good, you made the conversion and yeah try to live a good life. But, the conversion is enough.” Not for me, I need to satisfy this spiritual craving I have that I believe was put there by God, (would this feeling come from the devil?)to find ways to live a life that openly problaim that I take seriously the words of Jesus when he says “take up your cross and follow Me”. Aah, and there’s the rub. “Follow Him”, what does that mean? The lives of the Saints, humans like us, are spiritual studies on their one special way they tried to take up a cross and folow. I will even go back to David, it is written “he was a man after God’s own heart.” Oh, how I want to be like him! I ask you, Did David love God, of course, did he do more than make a person conversion? The Holy Scriptures that his life reflected his desire to pursue and penetrate the wisdom, knowledge and love of God” I ponder this Protestant question “where in the bible does it say that Saints can answer prayers” to see where it goes wrong. The Saints, by their lives, can instruct us so we too can be called friends of Jesus. And, then, just as we read about the intercession of Saint Mary, the Mother of God, (Jesus from the cross, “Behold Thy Mother”,) at the wedding of Cana, sees the need of her friends and asks her son, the Saviour of the World, Jesus, to help them. I ask you, do you really believe, Saint Mary, Our Mother, in Heaven, has stopped being the intercessor for us that she was on earth I find great spirtiual comfort and inspiration believing that Saint Mary is even more so in Heaven.

        • anonymous says:

          Greg, such lovely, refreshing comments!..deeply faith-filled and strongly witnessing! I read them several times!
          I’m probably “singing to the choir,” but anyway…
          I love our Faith, and I thank God for giving me this precious Gift. And I thank God that you received and accepted His precious Gift too!
          Our Faith is tremendously rich in graces, blessings, and Spirituality. Our Dogmas are untainted and firm.
          There’s no need to wander or feel like we are wandering.
          And, yes, our Blessed Mother is a VERY special Gem!
          God bless you always!

          • Crankypants says:

            I realize posting comments leaves a lot to be desired because we always can’t say what we mean. I know this is my downfall.
            However, when you say ” our Blessed Mother is a VERY special Gem!” and never stated God’s sons name Jesus I wonder where your focus is.

            1. God sent his only begotten son Jesus to die for our sins ..not Mary.
            2. As the apostles were chosen so was Mary
            3. “Our Dogmas are untainted and firm” Be careful there. Much of Roman Catholic dogma was instituted by man not God.
            4. If God hears all prayers why ask Mary?
            5.Look in Wikipedia and see the history of Maryism. All developed by man.
            6. Follow what Jesus and the Apostles recorded in the Bible.

          • anonymous says:

            Crankypants, I’m getting more convinced that you are only trying to disprove Catholic beliefs…with your clear lack of knowledge about them…moreso than you really want clarifying answers. But, again, you NEVER will disprove our beliefs because they are strictly from the Catholic Holy Bible, aka, God’s Eternal Word.
            As Catholics, we believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit…the Holy Trinity…the mystery of 3 Divine Persons in One….and Mary, the Mother of God.
            I have been a Catholic for over 60 years, I know my Faith very well, and I love my Faith.
            So I have no need for you to tell me what to believe or how to believe or what to research about our Blessed Mother (Wikipedia of all ridiculous places)…especially since our dogmas are NOT tainted and have survived firmly intact…since the pre-announcement of Christ’s Birth…and the founding of our Faith by Jesus Christ Himself in 33 A.D….until the end of time.
            I can answer your questions and statements VERY well, but if you TRULY want to know the One, True Faith, Catholicism, then I suggest that you join a RCIA program in your nearest Catholic Church….which will clarify any and all erroneous beliefs that you have learned in what ever your denomination is…which was founded by man.

        • Crankypants says:

          Your quote “Protestant question “where in the bible does it say that Saints can answer prayers” to see where it goes wrong.   The Saints, by their lives, can instruct us so we too can be called friends of Jesus.  And, then, just as we read about the intercession of Saint Mary, the Mother of God.” But I do not see where you quoted scripture to support your stance.

          My interpretation of how the word “saints” is used in the Bible means followers of Christ.

          As far as prayer goes: romans 8:26 says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” and 1 Timothy 2:5 says: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

          I can’t really see where asking deceased saints to pray for us or where asking Mary to intercedes for us is valid. Wouldn’t the Bible state that?

          • anonymous says:

            Our teaching: Catholics are not in the habit of quoting Scripture…not because we don’t know it…but because it can lead to arguments / debates, “weapons,” and misinterpretations taken out of context by others.
            I’m not sure if you really want to know the answers or are you trying to disprove our beliefs –which will never happen– because the entire source of our Faith is the Catholic Holy Bible.

          • Greg says:

            Anonymous – I have had similar experiences – and when you do provide citations, well then, now the focus becomes interpretation. Our Lord encountered this many times, there he stood in front of the self righteous and they refused to believe, “they will have ears, but will not see, they will have eyes, but will not see.”

          • Greg says:

            With due respect, CP, it stated in the bible, in order to have eternal life, you must eat the body of Jesus and you must drink the blood of Jesus. Citations are numerous, yet Protestants interpret this language as symbolism. I believe that when the crowd walked away, knowing exactly what he meant, Jesus, turned to his apostles and said, will you too walk away. And then words of Peter, that revereberate in my hear constantly, “and where would we go?”

          • Anonymous says:

            TO GREG…..I really appreciate your support…especially Jesus’ quote. His quote was / is SO right on!
            I wish we could get connected to have a nice chat.

            Yes, it gets very exasperating when quotes from Scripture are especially right in front of them (in articles online); and they still cannot…or will not…see the true foundational, solid, factual reason for our TRUE beliefs.

            I guess you and I are getting a small taste of what Jesus experienced…and He was in Person yet!
            God bless you always!

          • Ella says:

            God sent his son into the world but he choice Mary. Luke 1 the visitation of the Angel to Mary. Hail Mary full of grace (which was a royal greeting) and full of grace… Meditate on that. Continue reading when that chapter and when Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, it says she was filled with the Holy Spirit. Wait for a second, if Elizabeth gets filled with the Holy Spirit then the next words are the Holy Spirit who is speaking and not Elizabeth and what does she say? Blessed are You and blessed is The Fruit of Your Wound! Putting Jesus and Mary at the same category. Then she says what did I do to deserve the mother of my lord to visit me. Wow the mother of my Lord, who? God. She was the first christian it’s thanks to her yes that he have our savior. Don’t make Jesus a sinner by thinking he would not honor his own mother (4th comnedment). God bless you and give you understanding this beautiful mystery.

          • Greg says:

            Amen, Ella, and Amen.

      • Stephen says:

        “Catholicism focuses on spirituality to raise our hearts, minds, and souls to God.” True indeed, but why is it that majority of the followers of Catholic are immoral, and criminals ? I’m not judging, I’m just stating the fact.I was a Catholic but I converted myself to Protestantism.

        • Anonymous says:

          Stephen, your name reminds me of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church, who was stoned to death for refusing to deny his love and commitment to our Faith, to God.

          Moving along, do you have unbiased, documentation for your “not judging” “fact” statement? Or is it truly only your opinion?
          I really think the later.
          ALL of us are sinners…and Jesus asked:
          How can you see the sliver in your brethren’s eye while you have a log in your own eye?
          The Holy Spirit is the ONLY Accuser of our sins….NOT each other.
          So how can YOU (or anyone) determine and have the authority to say which group of people have the most sinners…”immoral and criminals?”
          Once baptized as a Catholic, one is ALWAYS a Catholic…as the Mark of Christ is indelible on the soul…no matter what other faith you practice.
          It’s VERY, VERY unfortunate for you that you have (hopefully only temporarily) abandoned God’s GREAT Gift to you:
          the One, TRUE Faith.
          You abandoned the MOST Precious humble honor in the universe of receiving Jesus Christ’s Body and Blood through the Transubstantiation in the Holy Mass, Christ’s unbloody Sacrifice.
          You abandoned the sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ, and so much, much more.
          And now you believe in a denomination of faith with heresies and errors that was founded by someone(?) after Martin Luther’s Reformation in the 15th century, when he separated from the TRUE Church that was initiated by Jesus Christ in 33 A.D.
          You are believing in man’s word according to their personal agendas and beliefs. Very, very sad.
          May the Holy Spirit enlighten you.
          God bless you.
          Admirable is the Name of God.

        • Greg says:

          Stephen, do you remember Jesus’ teaching that if you have broken even the smallest commandment in the law of God, you have broken the whole commandment. Then we are all sinners. If you are looking to convert to the religion with the least amount of sinners, you may be looking for a long time.

  44. anonymous says:

    It doesn’t say anywhere in the Holy Bible that I know of that saints can answer prayers….and neither do Catholics say that.
    We pray to the saints (our favorite saint, a spiritual friend) to ask them to pray to God for us, our needs sometimes…since they are most in favor with God.
    If something is granted through them, we thank God.
    The saints’ lives were dedicated to serving God, helping others…and they don’t stop helping just because they are not on earth anymore.

    • Greg says:

      Yes, I believe it would be nice to spend time with you talking about our faith. Lately, I wandered over into the atheist area of the blog and I got roughed up, but I really appreciated getting the other side’s point of view as well. It’s nice to come back over to this area and so happy to see your posting. Please let me know your idea on the when and where to chat.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi, again, Greg, (lol) I hear ya!
        I had just been dealing with a VERY exasperating atheist online too for days off and on. Then it was time for me to shake the dust off of my sandals.
        So reading your post today was SO refreshing to me! : )
        I don’t know if the creator of this site will do it, but…
        >>>I give Wendy Thomas Russell permission to give you my email address.<<<
        If not, you can go to Belief.net
        …I'll find you on there…and we can go from there. : )

  45. chris says:

    Quote from above: [Protestants are more like, “Just come to church on Christmas, that’s all we ask.”]

    Question: Where on earth did you get your information from?

  46. Crankpants says:

    it is an admission by the Roman Catholic Church that the Scriptures do not teach in any direct way their dogma of praying to the saints.  The Roman Catholic Church must infer this from scripture and read it into the text in order to support its error.
    It is only God who knows all things, and only God can grant anyone to hear or know what the prayers are of those who pray in silence.  Let’s not give the saints superhuman powers similar to omniscience

    • Greg says:

      Your response lacks a maturity of spirit and knowledge of our Lord and his holy Scritpure. In the next few months, I will try to help you grow in your holiness as I sense this is what has drawn us all to this blog.

      • Crankypants says:

        I got my info from the internet which I admit can be a little “doggey”.

        However Greg, I look forward to what you have to say.

    • Anonymous says:

      Crankypants, may I kindly suggest…instead of believing and spreading fallacies about the Roman Catholic Faith…that you truly objectively research the historical FACTS and ERRORS of your denomination’s faith.
      That would be your valuable time WELL spent.
      May the Holy Spirit enlighten you…
      God bless you.
      Admirable is the Name of God.

      • treehugger says:

        To Anonymous AND CrankyPants,
        I think you’re both doing a bit of religion bashing. :(
        I agree with some of your comments and disagree with many others, but I think some of these comments are best brought about with a little more tact and respect. A lot of people are getting heated in their comments which can be dangerous.
        For one thing, Anonymous, you are continuously saying that CrankyPants is bashing Catholicism, but then you turn around and say that there are “ERRORS [in his] denomination’s faith” and that he just doesn’t “want to admit to being WRONG”. This seems quite contradictory when you accuse him of getting on YOU about your faith. Just something to think about.
        Second of all, I’m not defending you CrankyPants. Some things have been said without proper justification and could have used a little more understanding:
        Open-minded-ness and closed-mouthed-ness. ;)
        And third of all, (This is for Anonymous again)saying “Since you are Protestant, you are most likely following the KJV”… not cool. This is a stereotype. Like the one presented earlier about Catholics being greater sinners than Protestants. These kinds of things should not be thrown around lightly.
        You might say I’m biased based on MY denomination, and maybe I am, but I’m trying not to be and I’m just seeing a lot of people at each other’s throats and had to say something.
        Again, I don’t mean to offend anybody, I mean absolutely NO disrespect. I just wanted to say: please think before you post.
        I’m done now. You can go back to arguing. :)
        (P.S. Thank You Greg for being so respectful in your comments. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Crankypants, I don’t know where you get the info from for your erroneous statements about the Roman Catholic Christian Church,…unless it’s your own misinterpretations from what you read, but anyway, moving along…
      Catholics do NOT give or even allude to giving saints “superhuman powers similar to omniscience.”
      Catholicism is a VERY deep and vastly Spiritual Faith.
      God is ALL-powerful…and we, with our human minds, cannot put a limit on His abilities.
      ALL citizens in Heaven are “saints.” (which means “holy”)
      They are ALL ONE with God…and permeated with His Love.
      Some saints are canonized by the Vatican.
      What ever God allows through His saints, is HIS Will.
      Again, the saints are ALL ONE with God.

  47. Greg says:

    Jesus said feed my lambs to Saint Peter.

  48. paul says:

    Catholics pray all the time to Saints for help. Many pray to St Anthony for lost items, which I pray directly to Jesus. Where in the Bible does it say that saints can answer prayers?

    • Debbie says:

      To paul, from 8/29/14 (reply button not working)

      The Bible doesn’t say that saints can answer prayers. Why do you ask your friends to pray for you in time of need?

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