Christianity and Catholic Church
Topics: Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church, Christianity, Anglicanism, Eucharist, Bishop / Pages: 21 (5166 words) / Published: Jun 30th, 2013

Running Head: Catholicism

Subculture of Catholicism
Lauren Lafferty
University of Southern Indiana

Catholicism is a very broad term used to refer to Christians and churches belonging to the Roman Catholic Church. To be Catholic requires a person to have certain unique, beliefs, values, and traditions that are separate from other people practicing Christianity. The Catholic Church maintains that it has been able to carry on the true tradition of the apostolic church as well and has evolved into a distinctive branch of Christianity throughout the years. The Catholic Church is also a part of an entire subculture of Catholicism that has many other rituals and practices that are very different from and not practiced in other Protestant churches. The belief system and values presented in this church are also extremely different than other regular Christian churches as well. The services also called Mass, is much more organized and formal than other Protestant churches with priests wearing more elaborate clothing than Christian ministers. The research presented throughout this paper will be focusing on the subculture and belief system that is present within the Catholic Church along with the different values that are also there. It will also be focusing on how the audience interacts with the priest as well. Specifically, this research will cover how the belief system in the Catholic Church is different than others found in many other Protestant churches as well as give more information over specific traditions such as Communion and Confirmation. This research will also focus on what the different beliefs within Catholicism actually are as well and why they are that way such as the use of birth control for example. The results of this research should give readers better insight to Catholicism as well as religion as a whole. Much of this research has also taken place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Evansville, Indiana. Literature Review

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