List of Differences Between Catholics and Protestants

In order for Catholics and Protestants to be able to work towards reunion, a list of differences between the two groups must first be identified.  Since Protestants do not speak with a unified voice but maintain different views among themselves, it is not always possible to say that Cathlolics and Protestants disagree on a particular topic because more often than not it is the case that some of the views Protestants say are only Catholic views are in fact also maintained by some Protestants. 

Here is a list of some of the main differences between all Catholics and all Protestants or at least all Catholics and some Protestants (when I say “all Catholics”, I am not saying that every Catholic believes the said doctrine, rather, I am saying that all Catholics are bound to maintain the said doctrine; however, there are dissenters in the Church who do not maintain what the Church officially teaches).

1. Apostolic Succession – Catholics maintain, some Protestants
maintain, some Protestants don’t.

2. The Authority of the Magisterium – Catholics maintain, all
Protestants reject.

3. Baptismal Regeneration – Catholics maintain, some Protestants
maintain, some Protestants don’t.

4. Bishops as an Office Distinct from Presbyters/Priests – Catholics
maintain, some Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

5. The Deuterocanonicals as Scripture – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

6. Divorce and Remarriage is Adultery – Catholics maintain, all
Protestants reject.

7. The Eucharist as a Sacrifice – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

8. Indulgences – Catholics maintain, all Protestants reject.

9. Infant Baptism – Catholics maintain, some Protestants maintain,
some Protestants don’t.

10. Justification by Faith and Works – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

11. The Marian Doctrines – Catholics maintain, some Protestants
maintain, some Protestants don’t.

12. There is Only One, True, Visible, Church – Catholics maintain,
all Protestants reject.

13. The Papacy as a Divine Institution – Catholics maintain, all
Protestants reject.

14. Prayers to Saints – Catholics maintain, some Protestants maintain,
some Protestants don’t.

15. The Priesthood – Catholics maintain, some Protestants maintain,
some Protestants don’t.

16. Purgatory – Catholics maintain, some Protestants maintain, some
Protestants don’t.

17. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist – Catholics
maintain, some Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

18. Salvation as Something that Can Be Lossed – Catholics maintain,
some Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

19. Seven Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance,
Matrimony, Holy Orders, Last Rites) – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

20. Tradition and Scripture as Two Equal Streams of the One Deposit of
Faith – Catholics maintain, all Protestants reject.

21. The Use of Contraceptives as Grave Sin – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

22. Veneration of Icons and Holy Images – Catholics maintain, some
Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

23. Distinction between Venial Sins and Mortal Sins – Catholics
maintain, some Protestants maintain, some Protestants don’t.

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