Mar 09, 2007 · The simple answer is that Jesus Christ founded the church which began at Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost and continued in the lives of those who truly belonged to Him and put their faith in Him, no matter what their relationship was to any particular leaders in the visible church structure. Sadly, institutional church leaders transformed the expression of Christianity from what it was in the ...
All branches together number around 2.5 billion people. The Catholic Church reports a global membership of over 1.3 billion people. Authority: Protestantism champions the authority of Scripture alone. Eastern Orthodoxy locates authority in Scripture and in the historic teachings of their tradition.
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As the Declaration Inter Insigniores points out, 'The Church desires that Christian women should become fully aware of the greatness of their mission: today their role is of capital importance both for the renewal and humanization of society and for the rediscovery by believers of the true face of the Church' " ( No. 10).