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About Messianic Churches
When looking for local catholic churches in a community, you are most likely looking for a Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church as it is known in The United States refers to those catholic dioceses that are under the spiritual direction of the Roman Catholic Pope located in Vatican City, Italy. There are other churches in the local community that are catholic churches like the Byzantine Catholic Church. Those churches have their own diocese and bishops. Local catholic churches that follow the Roman Catholic mass perform the Catholic Church’s mass following the dictates of the Pope. That is the single most important information to remember about the Catholic Church which we are here discussing as the Roman Catholic Church under the direction of the Pope. The Pope has the last word in matters regarding any of the catholic members. His Cardinals and Bishops are assigned to positions and handle the activities of the various catholic dioceses. A catholic diocese, depending on its size may be managed by a Cardinal and Bishops or just by a Bishop. The catholic priests in the diocese are under the control of their Bishop. Their Bishops are under the control of their Cardinals and their Cardinals are under the control of the Pope whose See is a city within Rome, known as the Vatican. Much of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church follows the governmental structure initiated when Rome was a world conqueror. The Pope is given absolute control over the decision making processes of the church. If a person comes into difficulty with the Catholic Church and is accused of heresy or of violating the teachings of the church, he can be ex-communicated only by decree of the Pope. Once ex-communicated, their chance of coming back into the church and attending catholic mass are over. For that reason some catholic churches have broken away from the leadership of the Pope. Other reasons include the Vatican's adherence to non-married clergy and no women as priests.
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Local Catholic Church members attend catholic mass conducted at various times of the day on Sunday. The catholic mass can be celebrated only by a catholic priest. Depending on the size of the parish, which is a single church within a diocese, one or more Catholic priests perform the catholic mass. The catholic mass also involves communion. The wafers which symbolize the body and blood of Jesus are put by the priests into the open mouths of members who line up in front of the altar to get communion. The catholic mass in The United States is said in English by decree of the Pope. The Latin mass is sometimes said on special occasions. A catholic mass usually lasts about an hour. The catholic priests usually live in houses provided by their parish or by their diocese. Since they are single men, they usually have housekeepers taking care of their needs. The catholic priest hears confessions of his parishioners. The process is secret, obviously. Those confidences are shared by the parishioner with his priest and are never revealed.