Catholic Christians and their Catholicism Beliefs are a small minority in China.
However, there are still more Catholics in China (over 10 million) than in all of
Ireland. For Catholics all over the world, Catholicism is a community, a way of
life and a religion. Over the course of Christian history, Catholics and their Catholicism
Beliefs have been seen as a political, social and economic force.
Catholicism Beliefs, Practices and Attitudes
Whether they are Catholics from China, Europe or America, there are common Catholicism
Beliefs, Practices and attitudes:
God is the Creator. Jesus is his Son who was born on earth. He came to preach God's
love, and word. Jesus died as a sacrifice for man's sins. He conquered death and
rose from the dead as he opened the gates to heaven for all the just.
Catholics believed that the Church is the continuation of Jesus' presence through
the Holy Spirit. It was thought that the church through the church leaders (the
pope and bishops) would teach and continue to discern the will of God. There is
faith that life exists after death. The Bible is the basis of the Catholicism beliefs
where sacred revelation from God is revealed.
Jesus established the Catholic Church on the basis of the Apostles. Christ revealed
the truth to the Apostles. God's revealed truth is called the Sacred Tradition whose
duties are passed onto the Apostles' successors, the bishops of the Church.
The Bible is the second source for God's revealed truths. It is closely linked to
the Scared Traditions. The Holy Spirit inspires the Bible authors to write what
Gods wants us to know and do for our salvation.
The baptized men, women and children who have faith in Jesus as their Savior will
find eternal life and peace in heaven. Those who do not know Jesus, the Church or
the Bible through no fault of their own will also be able to achieve Salvation through
Christ if they seek God with a sincere heart. Those who reject Jesus will suffer
Catholic Practices play a major role in contributing to Catholicism. Here are some
of the common practices:
Catholics celebrate seven sacraments which are special occasions or ceremonies for
experiencing God's saving presence.
The sacraments are: Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy
Orders and Anointing of the Sick.
The sacrament of Eucharist (Mass) is the center of the Catholic Church ceremonies.
Catholics receive the blood and body of Christ in the form of bread and wine. Sunday,
the Lord's Day is the time set aside for Eucharist
Catholics follow a calendar of religious events such as Advent and Lent which are
special days to prepare them for God's love. These are celebrated at Christmas and
Catholics are strong defenders of human life including abortion, euthanasia, capital
punishment and human cloning.
Catholics honor the great faith personalities of the past such as the saints and
Mary, mother of Jesus.
Revelation is the revealing of God's Divine Plans through words and deeds in human
Through these practices, combined with Catholicism beliefs, they have formed the
foundation for Catholics from around the world.