What is the diffrence between Catholic Priests and Protestant Ministers

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Priests and Ministers what is the diffrence

"When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking. They were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, 'You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die'" (20:18-19).

Christianity was founded on the Jewish belief of a coming Messiah. This was realised by the coming of Jesus Christ. His life and death started up a new religion, which believes that although Jesus was born a man he is also fully a God. In time Christianity has expanded into many factions. The most prominent since the late sixteenth century have been Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants. Since then the face of Christianity has changed many times from the early days of the all-knowing all-powerful Priest who would put fear into his obedient catholic congregation.

Today secularisation and globalisation has had its effects on the ministry and the role of the Priest and Minister. Although it would not have happened thirty years ago Priests and Ministers work much more closely together this essay will focus on Catholicism and Protestants. The priests are associated with the Catholic faith and Ministers are associated with the Protestant faiths.

Part one


In the days of the apostles, the calling to serve as priests was restored. Peter declared,

"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).

However, around 200 AD two of the church's leaders, Hippolytus and Tertullian, restored the idea of a "special priesthood," with that title to be worn...