The Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church

Submitted to
Prof. Merle D. Valbuena
English Dept., CASS
MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology

Stephen John S. Brillantes
March 2005

Thesis Statement: The Roman Catholic Church and the past and the present of strengthened Christianity.

I. Introduction
II. Organization and Structure
a.The Bishop
b.The Clergy
c.The Pope
d.The Cardinal
e.The Curia
f.The Eastern Rite Churches
III. Distinctive Doctrines
a.The Bible
b.The Traditions of the Church
c.Apostolic Succession
d.The Saints
IV. Worship and Practices
a.The Mass
b.The Sacraments
c.Current Related Issues
V. The Church History
a. The Early Church
b. The Medieval Church
c. The Modern Period Church
VI. Conclusion

The Catholic Church
The Roman Catholic Church and the past and present of strengthened Christianity. This term paper will discuss about the Roman Catholic Church, the largest single Christian body, composed of those Christians who acknowledge the supreme authority of the bishop of Rome, the pope, in matters of faith. The word catholic (Greek katholikos) means "universal" and has been used to designate the church since its earliest period, when it was the only Christian church. The Roman Catholic Church regards itself as the only legitimate inheritor, by an unbroken succession of bishops descending from Saint Peter to the present time, of the commission and powers conferred by Jesus Christ on the 12 Apostles. Organization and structure

The church has had a profound influence on the development of European culture and on the introduction of European values into other civilizations. Its total membership in the late 1990s was about 1 billion (about 52 percent of the total number of affiliated Christians, or 16 percent of the world population) (Oakley, 1979). The church has its greatest numerical strength in Europe and Latin America but also has a large membership in other parts of the...
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