As I understand it, through Baptism we become members of the Church. And that would be the Catholic Church.
Since Catholics recognize Baptisms from Protestants as valid if they follow the correct form, are they Catholic?
It would seem that such an adult would be Catholic, but perhaps out of communion. Is that the way we should look at it?
But what if they were baptized as infants - like Lutherans do. Does the Church recognize them as Catholic at least until they can sin or otherwise would receive another sacrament?
I understand that we would not want to call someone who does not think they are Catholic a Catholic, but is that the only reason we wouldn’t?