Asked in Mormonism
What is the difference between the catholic church and the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints?
May 14, 2012 4:26AM
Both churches are Christian denominations. Both have a priesthood organization, and a hierarchal structure headed by an individual leader. Both practice baptism as a required ordinance, administer the Lord's supper (communion in Catholicism; sacrament in Mormonism), confer the gift of the holy ghost, and consider the Bible to be the word of God.
They differ most imporantly in that Mormons believe there was an apostasy during which the keys of priesthood authority were lost. Mormons believe that the authority to perform ordinances in the name of God was lost with the death of the last of the apostles, and was not restored until the 19th century.
As a consequence, Mormons believe that God's authorization lies with restored church; Catholics believe it lies with the ancient church.
The doctrinal differences between the two denominations reflect that difference.