What Is Catholic?
What Are Mormons?
How Are the Beliefs of Catholics and Mormons Different?
Although both Catholics and Mormons follow the same religion and share a number of similarities, still they have some major differences in their beliefs. Arguments over whether Mormons are considered Christians or not are still controversial, most Protestants, as well as Catholics, don’t want to acknowledge Mormons to be Christians.
However, some religious experts often compare Catholics and Mormons. This is the reason that Mormonism became familiar in a Christian context and Mormons think of themselves to be Christians. However, there are some key differences in the beliefs of Catholics and Mormons.
Catholics believe that the Bible contains revelation. While individuals experience revelations privately that don’t replace or add to what has already been revealed to the prophets and apostles.
In contrast, Mormons teach that revelation continues in the modern age, starting with the Book of Mormon and continuing with revelations to Church apostles, and didn’t stop with the Bible.
Priesthood, Leadership, and Celibacy
The most differences between Catholics and Mormons lie in their clergy. Most Catholic men who want to become permanent deacons can be married. However, Men who wish to join the priesthood are required to take a vow of celibacy. The pope is also chosen to form a group of bishops, who are celibate leaders.
While most of the young Mormons men take on the Aaronic priesthood, some eventually move up to the Melchizedek priesthood. The highest rank office of the Melchizedek priesthood, the Apostle, requires that the holder be married. Apart from that, the president of the LDS church has to be an Apostle and he must be married as well.
The Nature of Christ
Catholics believe that God is three different persons, a father, a son, and a holy spirit that are of one divine substance. In contrast, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ was the only-begotten son of God the Father and is part of the Godhead, but was born in the flesh and isn’t of the same substance as God.
To summarize the differences between Catholics and Mormons, here’s a table:
|Canon includes the Old and New Testaments. |
The Book of Mormon
The Pearl of Great Price
|Canon includes the Old and New Testaments|
A Catholic Bible
|Priesthood is for all worthy Mormon men having two types: Aaronic|
|Priesthood is for celibate males who receive Holy Orders|
|The Prophet-President is the Highest position of the Church including duties such as: |
President of the Church
President of Priesthood
Seer, Prophet, and Revelator
|The Pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church and is concurrently the Bishop of Rome|
Administer the Church
Define Faith Issues
|Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead, but distinct from God the Father||God is the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit|
- Similar to other religions, Catholics have their own set of rules and regulations, and the resultant divisions, branches, and subsidiaries.
- Both Catholics and Mormons follow the teaching of Christianity, but there are a few major differences in the beliefs that make them different.
- Mormons are a new branch of Christianity that has been around since its formation.
- The teaching of Mormons comes from Joseph Smith.
- The teachings of Catholics come from Lord Christ.
- Mormons believe that there’s an afterlife and second chances for every soul.