Why are some Protestants against Catholics

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All Christians used to be Catholic. For everyone, the Pope was God's representative on earth. However, around 500 years ago some Christians turned away from the Pope. They joined the Catholic monk Martin Luther, who wanted to change some things in his church. With him they mainly protested against the indulgence letters. With them, Christians could buy themselves free from the punishments for their sins. Poor people who could not buy indulgences were left with their sentences. The protesters later founded the Evangelical Church. Its members are called Protestants or Evangelical Christians to this day.


For example, Catholics and Protestants differ in these things:

  • ... have a head. This is the Pope.
  • ... confirm their faith at confirmation.
  • ... have seven sacraments. For them these are gifts sanctified by God. These include baptism, the Eucharist, confirmation, confession, the anointing of the sick, marriage and ordination.
  • ... when entering the church, dip their fingers in holy water and cross themselves.
  • ... are acquitted of their sins at confession. The priest utters forgiveness in the name of God.
  • ... have no head like the Pope.
  • ... confirm their belief at confirmation.
  • ... have only two sacraments, baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  • ... only ask God himself for forgiveness of their sins.
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