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What are the Differences Between Protestantism and Catholicism? Get to Know About Them

Over 500 years ago, there rose a religious movement in Europe. This movement was spearheaded by a former Catholic Bishop, Martin Luther who his influence led to the Protestant movement. The Protestants are a section of Christian delivers who defected from the Roman Catholic Church and decided to base their foundation on the biblical truth, ‘Sola Scriptura.’ 

Today, we have more than 10,000 protestant churches across the world. Both Catholics and Protestants claim to worship the same God but differ in terms of principles of Faith.

But, do you refer to yourself as a Protestant or a Catholic? Do you know what is the difference between Protestantism and Catholicism? Here are the main difference between the two;

The Holy Bible Understanding.

Both the Catholics and Protestants have different understanding and interpretation of the Bible. The Protestants believe that the Bible is the only foundation of the Church. They believe in the ‘sola scriptura’ which translates as the scripture alone.

To the Catholics, the Bible is not the only basic foundation of their beliefs. It is not the only pillar of the Church but to them, traditions are part of their beliefs. During religious events, the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church are part of the services.

The Church.

The Protestants came up as a result of the Reformation movement in Europe. They believe the Church should be according to the Gospel. The nature of the Protestants is that they don’t have one united Church but rather based on different churches.

The Catholic Church means a universal Church. The Catholic Church sees itself as the only true Church Worldwide under the leadership of the Pope.

The Papacy.

Protestants do not recognize the authority of the Pope over the church. According to them, the Papacy contradicts the Holy Scriptures since it’s only Christ who has the authority over the church.

To the Catholics, the Pope is the authority of the Church who represents Christ on earth (the Vicar of Christ). Thru believe that the Pope is an appointment from Christ just like Peter.


Protestant Churches rejects mandatory celibacy to their priests. They believe the doctrine contracts the Biblical teachings of what is required by the religious leaders according to 1st Timothy Chapter 3. Either, Celibacy should not be a mandatory but rather out of will from an individual.

To the Catholic Church, celibacy is not a point of argument for their priests. All the Catholic Bishops and priests are not subject to marry.


The Protestants do not believe in the doctrine of Purgatory. They say it is just traditional teaching that was included in the church. They believe the death does not have anything to do with the living. The dead once they die, their story ends and they can’t be forgiven their sins during death but rather they are resting to wait for the final judgment from God. They don’t offer burial services for the death but for the living for the dead know nothing. This explains why most Protestants teach the doctrine of the state of death.

To the Catholics, they believe in life after death. This explains why they intercede on behalf of the death so that they can be forgiven their sins.


The Protestants believe it’s only Christ who had the power and authority to forgive sins. The protestant Churches teach their followers to repent their sins to Christ alone. They believe the Catholic Church's teaching on repentance is against the scriptures.

The Catholic Church believes that the Pope and its priests and bishops have the power and authority to forgive sins. This explains why the Catholics repent their sins to their religious leaders.

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