I was in a church in a different town (within my country which is Romania) which happened to be the base for a Pentacostal mission. It was pretty obvious since they all had yellow shirts and were everywhere, which I’m not criticizing in any way. Whilst I was in this church (CC) this lady came up to me and somehow we started talking about the missionaries. She said they made her feel dizzy and upset with all their stuff. She then asked me if I got approached by them too and I replied that although I was not I’d know how to manage the conversation. She told me it is best to avoid any engagement since “They do not hold anything in common with us. They do not believe in icons, they do not respect the cross. Like I tried to tell them that only through suffering can man reach God and they would not listen and kept on about faith alone.”
The above may simply have been bad communication but it left a sour taste in my mouth. It sounded a lot like the Catholic doctrines on faith weren’t known and it struck me as odd that icons came to mind first instead of the Eucharist or the Sacrements. It got me thinking if most Catholics really aren’t Christians in the sense that they do not accept basic Christian doctrines they are supposed to accept, and I’m not even necessairly saying that this was the case of the lady.
So what do you think, are most European practicing Catholics not really Christian or are they just vague with words? Does anybody have any counter-examples? Sorry about it, just bringing this here because it shook me a little.