What is the difference between catholic and non catholic christian?

I am asking this question because I have always wondered but never really got a clear answer. My parents were calling themself christians but didn’t really go to church or had a bible. Now I know the story in the bible so no need to explain that to me.
It is just that someone that wasn’t even a catholic once told me that the difference is this: non catholic christians pray to Jesus and catholic pray to Virgin Mary.
Is this true?

There is a lot of correct information in the answers already, and some pretty bogus stuff, too. There are two biggies. Basically, Catholics believe that Jesus named Peter as his &quot:successor&quot: and thus became the first leader of the Christian church. Each pope of the Catholic Church is believed then to be a successor to Peter. You can visit this whole tradition by going to St. Paul’s a few kilometers south of Rome, where St. Paul is purported to be buried. The second one is that Jesus is physically present during the Catholic mass ceremony through communion (bread and wine). Neither of these beliefs are accepted by non-Catholic Christian denominations. Most of the other beliefs of the Catholic church are accepted by one non-Christian faith or another, but not by all. And in comparison to the two big ones above, they’re all pretty minor, aren’t they?

just read the book of revelations
have you heard of alberto revera he is the one who.open my eyes
no one can answer a question like that .you all shuold knpw that .the cia would be all over you .

The Protestant Churches teach Scripture, with no traditions added to it.
The Bible teaches that Scripture alone is the supreme and infallible authority for the church and the individual believer. This is not to say that creeds and tradition are unimportant, but the Bible alone is our final authority. Creeds and tradition are man made.
Jesus said, &quot:Scripture cannot be broken&quot: (John 10:35). He said &quot:I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished&quot: (Matthew 5:18). He said, &quot:It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the law&quot: (Luke 16:17).
Jesus used Scripture as the final court of appeal in every matter under dispute. He said to some Pharisees, &quot:You nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down&quot: (Mark 7:13). To the Sadducee’s He said, &quot:You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God&quot:. (Mat 22:29). To the devil, Jesus consistently responded, &quot:It is written…&quot: (Mat 4:4-10). So following Jesus’ lead, the Scriptures alone are our supreme and final authority.
The Protestants broke from the Catholic church because they did not agree with the traditions that were being held as the authority, rather than God’s word the Bible.

Dr. Boettner then gives us &quot:Some Roman Catholic Heresies And Inventions&quot: and the dates that these alleged &quot:Apostolic&quot: traditions were added to Roman Catholic theology &amp:endash:
* Prayers for the dead, began about A.D. 300
* Making the sign of the cross 300
* Veneration of angels and dead saints, and use of images 375
* The Mass, as a daily celebration 394
* Beginning of the exaltation of Mary, the term &quot:Mother of God&quot: first applied to her by the Council of Ephesus 431
* Priests began to dress differently from laymen 500
* Extreme Unction 526
* The doctrine of Purgatory, established by Gregory I 593
* Latin used in prayer and worship, imposed by Gregory I 600
* Prayer directed to Mary, dead saints and angels, about 600
* Title of pope, or universal bishop, given to Boniface III 607
* Kissing the pope’s foot, began with pope Constantine 709
* Worship of the cross, images and relics, authorized in 786
* Holy water, mixed with a pinch of salt and blessed by a priest 850
* Canonization of dead saints, first by pope John XV 995
* The Mass, developed gradually as a sacrifice, attendance made obligatory in the 11th century
* Celibacy of the priesthood, decreed by pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand) 1079
* The Rosary, mechanical praying with beads, invented by Peter the Hermit 1090
* Sale of Indulgences 1190
* Transubstantiation, proclaimed by pope Innocent III 1215
* Auricular Confession of sins to a priest instead of to
God, instituted by pope Innocent III, in Lateran Council 1215
* Bible forbidden to laymen, placed on the Index of Forbidden Books by the Council of Valencia 1229
* Purgatory proclaimed a dogma by Council of Florence 1439
* The doctrine of Seven Sacraments affirmed 1439
* Tradition declared of equal authority with the Bible by the Council of Trent 1545
* Apocryphal books added to the Bible by the Council of Trent 1546
* Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, proclaimed by pope Pius IX 1854
* Syllabus of Errors, proclaimed by pope Pitts IX, and ratified by the Vatican Council: condemned freedom of religion,conscience, speech, press, and scientific discoveries which are disapproved by the Roman Church: asserted the pope’s temporal authority over all civil rulers 1864
* Infallibility of the pope in matters of faith and morals, proclaimed by the Vatican Council 1870
* Public Schools condemned by pope Pius XI 1930
* Assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by pope Pius XII 1950
* Mary proclaimed Mother of the Church, by pope Paul VI 1965

And then Dr. Boettner concludes:
Add to these many others: monks – nuns -monasteries – convents – forty days Lent – holy week – Palm Sunday – Ash Wednesday – All Saints day – Candlemas day – fish day – meat days – incense – holy oil – holy palms – Christopher medals – charms – novenas – and still others.
There you have it – the melancholy evidence of Rome’s steadily increasing departure from the simplicity of the Gospel, a departure so radical and far-reaching at the present time (1965) that it has produced a drastically anti-evangelical church. It is clear beyond possibility of doubt that the Roman Catholic religion as now practiced is the outgrowth of centuries of error. Human inventions have been substituted for Bible truth and practice. Intolerance and arrogance have replaced the love and kindness and tolerance that were the distinguishing qualities of the first century Christians, so that now in Roman Catholic countries Protestants and others who are sincere believers in Christ but who do not acknowledge the authority of the pope are subject to all kinds of restrictions and in some cases even forbidden to practice their religion. The distinctive attitude of the present day Roman Church was fixed largely by the Council of Trent (1545-1563), with its more than 100 anathemas or curses pronounced against all who then or in the future would dare to differ with its decisions.

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