The Roman Catholic Church & Catholicism
Roman Catholicism constitutes the practices and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Some of the beliefs of Roman Catholicism include life after death, dedication to creeds, the succession of apostolic leadership, marriage, confession, marriage, holy orders, and Eucharist. Examples of Catholicism practice include fasting, attending Mass every Sunday, and avoiding meat on Friday during Lent season and infants’ baptism.
Roman Catholicism is under the pope and the bishops of Rome, who are believed to be successors of Jesus Christ’s apostles. The pope is believed to be the heir of Apostle Peter and is generally considered the Vicarius Christi, which means one who deputizes Jesus Christ. Catholics have a firm belief that their church has all the characteristics of a true and united church of Christ.
If you want to join the Catholic Church, you only have to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ as interpreted by the pope and Rome’s bishops. You must also accept the divine tradition, the Bible, and the church as one Christian body that contains the fullness of revelation.
The Roman Catholic Church has had a lot of impact on many people’s culture throughout the world, especially Europe. Before the 12th century, the Church was highly intertwined with the political system of Western Europe. Gradually, the Church separated itself from the state and dominated the religious landscape, both in Europe and Latin America.
The Roman Catholic Church's doctrine of caring for the poor and the less fortunate in the society was one of the major reasons many people welcomed it. Today, the church plays a pivotal role in the opposition of war, same-sex marriage, contraception, and generally supports peace between nations and human rights.