The branch of Chrisianity in which all the prodestant braches can be traced to. We follow the pope as the closest living man to God. We belive that there is three persons (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost) in one God. Catholics follow the example of Saints and ask them to interces to God and pray for us. We do not worship Mary and the Saints, we just emulate them and ask to pray for us as they are in the full presence of God in Heaven. We celbrate the Eucharist by consuming Christ's body and blood (REPRESENTED by the bread and wine). We believe that if you are truly sorry, you can be forgiven of any sin, if you are not sorry when you ask forgivness, that's basically another sin. Being comprised of humans, the Church is subject to fault like the Inqusitions. Catholics have been persecuted throughout history by the Romans and many militant, extremist Prodestants. Most negative things said about the Catholic Church is just plain lies or misunderstood practices.
Supposedly, Catholics are against homosexuals, say everyone is going to hell, have no maorals, extremely conservative, pagans etc. In reality, Catholics are tolerant, moral people. Alot of the negative things said about Catholics being intolerant etc are true of many evangelical protestants. So many people make wild accustions out of sometimes unfounded, blind hatred for the Catholic religeon.