- Apr 21, 2010
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- Albuquerque, NM
As for your first point, that is totally fair. I would guess that most Protestants I know, when asked where the nearest Christian Church is, would point to the nearest trinitarian non-Catholic/non-Orthodox church. I personally would point to the nearest church and specify denomination. If the nearest church were Orthodox, I would say it was "[Jurisidiction] Orthodox", if it were Catholic, I'd specify that. If it were Kingdom Hall, I'd say they were Jehovah's Witnesses (I'm not saying that I believe that they are Christians, just that they claim to be). However, you're right, there are many Catholics in the United States who perceive "Christian" as meaning "American Evangelical Protestant Christian".Irish Hermit said:What is interesting is that if you asked the man in the street for the Catholic Church he would point you to a Roman Catholic church.WetCatechumen said:So, you're admitting that my church is the one called Catholic by most everyone, even though she's not Catholic.
But if you asked him for the Christian Church, then a Catholic church would be the last thing that would pop into his mind.
Why is it then that Catholics are not seen as Christian?
The thing with the modern term "Catholic" is that it is not seen in its ancient meaning of "the true Church which holds the true Christian faith."
It is now seen by your average Joe Blogs as the Church which worships the Virgin Mary, the Church which has horrible rules about contraception and horrible rules about getting remarried, It is seen as a Church with a major problem with sexual abuse among its ministers. These are the things which are in the mind of Joe Blogs when you ask him how to find the nearest Catholic Church.
As for the problems within our church, you are correct about the problems. I humbly ask for your prayers, Father. It is sad that the meaning of Catholic is associated with an institution, and not with right belief.