Catholicism

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Catholicism, sometimes called the Catholic Church or Roman Catholic Church, is one of the main and most numerous Christian denominations. Catholicism recognizes Pope's supremacy over church, with the Pope serving as the spiritual leader and the central figure in the hierarchy of the Church. This denomination emphasizes a tradition that traces its origins back to Jesus Christ and the Apostles, believing that the Pope is the successor to Saint Peter, whom Catholics consider the first Pope.

History[edit | edit source]

Catholicism's history begins with Jesus Christ and his teachings in the 1st century AD in the region of Judea (Judaea) within the Roman Empire. After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, his followers, the Apostles, spread his teachings, establishing the early Christian communities. Saint Peter, regarded as the first Pope, is believed to have led the early Church and laid the foundations for its hierarchical structure. This early period saw the development of core doctrines and practices that would shape the Catholic Church as it grew and spread throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

On the 27th of February (the second month) of the year 380 AD, the Edict of Thessalonica was issued by emperor Theodosius I, making Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire, outlawing all other religions and legalizing the prosecution of their followers.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, most of the Germanic tribes that previously practiced Arian Christianity adopted Chalcedonian Christianity in order to ally themselves with the religious figures of the regions they were invading, leading to most of the former Western Roman Empire becoming a Catholic theocracy loyal to the Vicar of Christ in Rome, while the Eastern Roman Empire evolved into an Orthodox theocracy loyal to the Emperor of Byzantium after the schism of 1054 permanently split European Christianity.

Doctrine & Beliefs[edit | edit source]

Catholic doctrine is rooted in the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition, both of which are interpreted and taught by the Church's Magisterium, or teaching authority. The Catholic Church is known for its sacraments, with seven sacraments being central to its practice: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance (or Reconciliation), Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is particularly significant as Catholics believe in the doctrine of transubstantiation, where the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ during the Mass.

The Catholic Church also places a strong emphasis on the veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the saints. Saints are considered to be individuals who have led lives of exemplary holiness and are believed to be in heaven. Catholics often seek their intercession in prayer.

Catholic social teaching is another important aspect of the faith, focusing on issues such as the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. This teaching guides the Church's stance on a wide range of social issues, including poverty, justice, and the sanctity of life.

Structure[edit | edit source]

The structure of the Catholic Church is hierarchical, with the Pope at the top, followed by cardinals, bishops, priests, and deacons. The Church is divided into dioceses, each overseen by a bishop, and further subdivided into parishes, each led by a priest.

Relations[edit | edit source]

Fratres[edit | edit source]

Mixtum[edit | edit source]

  • Crusadism - As of now, I can't directly call out support for you, I am sorry.
  • Orthodoxy - We work together more often than not now, even if he is a schismatic. You have some heterodox theology too. But under no circumstances convert Orthodox Christians. It is a transgression again the ecumenist goal!
  • Bonapartism - Thank you for restoring me in France, but did you have to invade the Papal States? Also did you just crown yourself? You can't do that!
  • Judaism - I aided your escape in WW2, but I will not recant my contempt for your religious beliefs.

Heretic[edit | edit source]

  • Protestantism - Why do you even keep existing after I stopped selling indulgences?
    • You seriously think this was only about indulgences?
  • Islam - Jerusalem is mine! *Starts another crusade*

How to draw[edit | edit source]

Symbol of the Catholic Church
  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Fill the ball with yellow.
  3. Draw the Catholic symbol in the middle.
  4. Add the eyes and you are done!
  5. Add a pope’s hat (optional)
Color Name HEX
White #FFFFFF
Yellow #FFE000
Red #D00B0E
Grey #CCCCCC