Erasing Distinctions. Different beliefs & practices between Roman Catholics & Protestants have created divergent views regarding sacred art & architecture. Protestants seem to lack an appreciation, if not a category, for sacred aesthetics. By contrast, the Roman Catholic Church actively emphasizes aesthetics. Taken to extremes, both approaches can lead one away from the true worship of God—Protestants can retreat into worldly pragmatism, & Roman Catholics into ornamentation and ritualism.