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What are the similarities and differences of the Catholic and Methodist churches?


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Answered 2011-01-24 22:24:26
Similarities of Catholic and Methodists
  • Catholics and Methodists believe in the holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).
  • Methodists and Catholics share the same Doctrine of Justification.
  • Both follow some form of Apostolic Succession.
  • Sign of the cross and votive candles, though more common in Catholicism are used in both.
  • Hagiography, or study of the Saints, is encouraged.
  • Both practice infant bapitsm.
  • Prayer beads (rosaries) can be used in both churches, but are more common in Catholicism.
  • Both use altars and have either an altar cross or crucifix.
  • Both recite the same Creeds (Nicene, Apostle's, etc).
  • Both consider themselves part of the Communion of Saints and the Holy Catholic Church. (In this case "Holy Catholic Church" means part of the church on a global scale.)
  • Both bow when aproaching the altar.
  • Ministers and Bishops must be ordained.
Differences
  • Catholics hold that the Roman Catholic Church's teachings and traditions are as important as the Scripture, whereas Methodists teach that truth comes from Scripture only.
  • Though the Methodist church does not deny the historical content of the Apocrypha, it does not consider it to be a Holy Book as the Catholic church does.
  • The most important piece of the Catholic Mass is receiving the body and blood of Jesus Christ through communion; the focus of a Methodist service is on the readings and liturgies. When Methodists receive communion, they believe that Jesus is spiritually, not physically, present. Catholics serve a closed table 9only Catholics may partake) while Methodists serve an open (anybody who feels inclined may partake).
  • Catholics Have 7 Sacraments but Methodists have only 2 ,the Eucharist and Holy Baptism.
  • Confession is required in the Catholic faith, but optional in Methodism.
  • Methodists ordain women, Catholics do not.
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