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RCC: is the pope the leader of the RCC or the Catholic Church?

I read a response acting as if the RCC was the full Catholic church. I thought the Latin rite was just one of the many rites under the Bishop of Rome

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on Jul. 25, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I am Catholic: does RCC stand for Roman Catholic church?? If so, then that is what the Pope is head of ... the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches are separate ... ... ...

    Answer by waldorfmom at 10:15 PM on Jul. 25, 2009

  • No he's just the king of wonderland aka pedophile heaven

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 PM on Jul. 25, 2009


    It may surprise most people to know that there are many different rites within the Catholic Church. Before discussing these rites it is important to note that different sources disagree on exactly what constitutes a rite and exactly how many there are.

    A rite represents an ecclesiastical tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. As the early Church grew and spread, it celebrated the sacraments as would be best understood and received in the context of individual cultures, without ever changing their essential form and matter. The early Church sought to evangelize in the major cultural centers of the first centuries A.D. These centers were Rome, Antioch (Syria), and Alexandria (Egypt). All the rites in use today evolved from the liturgical practices and ecclesiastical organization used by the churches in these cities.


    Answer by drink-lover at 10:19 PM on Jul. 25, 2009

  • here is the complete article including the rites under the pope

    Answer by drink-lover at 10:19 PM on Jul. 25, 2009

  • Many people use RCC (Roman Catholic Church) and mean the Catholic Church. The preferred title is The Catholic Church since adding the word 'Roman' was first done as a slur in an attempt to show that the Catholic (aka universal) church was not really universal. And it tends to exclude the Eastern Rites, which as drink-lover explained do exist. The Pope is the leader of the Latin Rite and of the entire Catholic Church.

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:54 PM on Jul. 25, 2009

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