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The Catholic church, often described as being the Old Catholic Church, is a group of Christian churches that split from the Roman Catholic Church during the 19th century. The reason for this split was due to the dogma attributed to the Papal Infallibility. The Roman Catholic Church is directly connected to the Bishop of Rome, and members of this church believe that it is a direct descendant of the original Christian group that was established by Jesus Christ himself. The traditions of the church are said to be directly connected to the original traditions of the Twelve Apostles. This tradition has been carried on throughout history by the Apostolic Succession.
The Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. In addition to this, it is the largest governing body of any current religion. The membership for the Catholic Church exceeds 1 billion, which is a very large segment of the total world population. The Catholic church is a global organization. The churches are split into the Eastern Rite particular Churches and the Latin-Rite particular Churches. The organization is comprised of many jurisdictions, and these are based on territory. A basic unit of territory is called a diocese, and if the church is based on the Eastern Rites, a unit of territory will be called the eparchy. Each eparchy or diocese will be lead by a bishop. As of this writing, there are well over 2,500 jurisdictions.
There are a number of names that have been used to describe the Catholic Church over its long history. Some have called it "The Church," while others have called it the "Roman Catholic Church " or simply "the Catholic Church. The most distinctive belief of the Catholic Church is that of the Apostolic Succession. This is a belief that the bishops are the true successors of the Twelve Apostles. Even though Christians were persecuted when they first rose to power, the religion was eventually accepted by the likes of Constantine I. To become a member of the Catholic Church, one most go through a baptism within the church, and if they have already been baptized, they will have to profess their faith.
The primary beliefs of the Catholic Church are shared by a number of other Christian groups. They place a heavy emphasis on the Nicene Creed, which is also central to the belief of many Christian groups. Catholics also believe in the importance of the seven sacraments for gaining salvation. For teaching, the Catholic Church will used the Bible, a practice that virtually all Christian groups share. The Sacred Tradition also plays an important role in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Sacred Tradition is said to be the oral traditions that were passed down through time by the original apostles. Catholics also believe in one central God that is all powerful and omnipresent. However, they also believe in the concept of God being split into three beings, and all of these beings share the same essence. This is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which forms the Trinity.