Alex wouldn't work. She is catholic and would have problems with having her children brought up as non-catholics.
Is is it a big difference between catholics and protestants? I am an orthodox christian so to me it is all same...
Firstly, Catholics and Protestants are ALL christians. Protestants are only slightly variables from catholics, and the difference is in the name ie they are catholics protesting
the catholic church. This protestation occurred when regular people finally read the bible, such as it was, for themselves and realised the following things that contradicted Catholic teachings and practise.
1. It wasn't a sin to read the bible for themselves. No need for a priest to read a bible to them.
2. They could have a personal relationship with god and talk directly to god. No need for a priest to intercede for them.
3. God is singular not a trinity ie god the father, god the son and god the holy spirit
4.only god forgives. No need to confess every week to a priest.
5. Most things deemed 'sins' by the church were not sins at all.
6a 2nd Comandment. In the protestant bible, this reads: thou shall not make images of me nor worship false gods. The catholic church is full of saints, altars, paintings, frescos, murals, holy relics that were/are worshipped.
6b. 2nd Commandment. In the catholic bible, this reads: thou shall not take the lords name in vain. Church doctrine interpretes this to mean you can't break any oaths or vows made, and you shall venerate god's name, saints, holy places and holy relics. The venrating part is where they get around the protestant version of 2nd commandment.
7. The catholic mass lends itself to point 6b above. The protestant churches and masses are stripped back to basic simple buildings and services. Of course, in later years of the protestant movement, elaborate, decorated churches have been built, but the point remains.
8a. 9th commandment. In the protestant bible it reads: thou shall not bear false witness of thy neighbour
8b: 9th Commandment. In the catholic bible it reads: thou shall not have covet thy neighbour's wife. Protestants believe that Catholics took the much longer 10th commandment that reads 'thou shall not covet they neighbour's wife, property' and broke it up into 2 parts whereby the neighbour's wife became a commandment by itself at no 9 and property became no 10 thus preserving the illusion of 10 commandments after removing no 2 that forbade idols and images of god.
In other words, protestants do not disagree with the christian faith, only it's practise as presented by the catholic church.
Over the centuries, protestantism has evolved and devolved into many sects depending on what part of the bible they deem the most important tenent of christianity and or how they choose to practise christianity within the protestant movement. These are the most popular currently:
1. Baptists / AnaBapitists - believe in the Baptism / Anabaptists differ slightly because they believe a person has to first confess their faith and get Baptised again to be cleansed.
2. Pentecostals - believe in the holy spirit
3. Evangelicals - believe in public witness of the gospels thereby spreading the good news of the bible. Usually cut across all sects.
4. Mormons - believe in practising christianity as it was practised by the early apostolic church before Rome got it's hands on it and formalised it into a state religion via the council of Nicaea. They believe the truth of that early church was revealed to one Joseph Smith who wrote it all down in their bible.
5.Adventists - believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus.
6. Anglican / Presbyterian - this doesn't have a singular belief except to protest the catholic church. This is merely one of the earliest original state sponsored churches that threw off Catholicism. Also known as CoE. Better known as the church Henry 8 set up so he could divorce his wife.
7. Calvinism - catholic church reformers who believe in the holy spirit. Forebearers of Pentecostals.
8. Lutherans - believe in the scripture and not much else. Ie only scripture will bring understanding and through that grace.
9. Methodists - believe that Salvation has already been acquired via Jesus therefore we just have to accept it.
10. Revivals - these tend to show cross- sect beliefs to include aspects of Pentecostal, Anabaptism and evangelicals.
You also have other sects that are slowly dying out eg Quakers, Piets who were the forebearers of more modern sects such as methodists.
Finally, Christian Orthodox are also Christian catholics, but their version evolved as a result of influence of local cultures in the Eastern provinces of Rome and later the Byzantine empire.
For that reason, they assume that they follow the teachings of the early church because they didn't evolve in the same way that western catholicism developed.
They are sometimes called *Greek* because the first few centuries of christianity, when it was considered a cult, and before the Romans made it a state religion, Greek was the widely spoken language and any writings recorded in the language.
Later, after Rome absorbed christianity, and Latin became the premiere language of Empire, the western provinces dropped the Greek.
Despite the universally agreed nicaea creed, Catholicism developed differently in the west vs the East. To make the distinction between the two strains, the eastern version became referred to as Greek Orthodoxy or Christian orthodoxy or Eastern Othodoxy.