Compare and contrast the difference between The Roman Catholic Church and  Christianity and why do Catholics go to mass? no

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I agree with the last two posts.  Basically, all religions have rituals and rites.  Catholics have very specific ones, such as mass and communion, that Protestants did away with.  Although the rituals and tradition are important, I think it is more about helping the followers find communion with God, and helping them have a religious experience.

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#2 has it right in placing emphasis on the way that Catholics believe salvation can be gained through good works, whereas Protestantism differs in placing an emphasis on achieving salvation NOT through works but on a relationship based on faith in Jesus Christ. Thus arguably many Catholics go to mass because they believe they need to to get to heaven when they die. This is a very simplistic way of looking at this issue but it does ask questions about our motivation for our behaviours.

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The above posters have hit on the highlights of the differences between Roman Catholic beliefs and those of other Christians. The Roman Catholic is steeped in tradition and rituals where other churches are not.

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As Roman Catholics are Christians, you will find several similarities including the observance of Holy Communion as the representation of the body and blood of Christ. One of the biggest areas of discrepency between Roman Catholics and other Christian religions is with regard to beliefs about salvation and going to heaven.

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The Roman Catholic Church is very large and organized. It is the largest church in the world. This is probably the main difference it has with other denominations, although there are other churches that are incredibly large such as the Lutheran Church.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the church was founded by the apostles of Jesus Christ. The bishops of the church are the successors of these apostles. Church doctrines even come from examples set forth by the apostles of Jesus.

Mass is a Eucharist celebration which celebrates The Last Supper in which bread and wine were served. They represent the body and blood of Christ. Many other churches celebrate this as well.

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First of all, please note that Roman Catholics are Christians so you can't really say there's a difference between Roman Catholics and Christians.  Perhaps you can say "Protestants" or "other Christians."

There are lots of differences but perhaps the main one is that Catholics believe more than most Protestants in a person's ability to get to heaven based on actions (doing what the Church says) rather than on faith.

Catholics are also much more ritual-oriented than most Protestants and give more of a role to saints and to the Virgin Mary.

Catholics go to Mass in order to receive Communion.  (There's another difference -- Catholics believe the bread and wine literally become the body and blood of Christ).  They also go because the Church says you must.  Finally, they go for the same reason others go to Church -- to commune with God.

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