[quote=Paris Blues]Just a friendly reminder that we Catholics are Christians too!
I remember watching EWTN LIVE one time with the two who wrote Catholicism for Dummies that maybe the reasons why some Catholics say, “I’m not a Christian, I’m Catholic!” is because of what they heard from other non-Catholics or even Catholics themselves!
For example, like some think that Catholics “worship” Mary (which is a fat lie) so when Catholics hear that, they think, well, okay, then we’ll idolters, etc. but we’re not.
I don’t think it is because we actually believe we are idolators, and therefor are not Christian. In the US, especially, Christian has taken on a new meaning. The vast majority of people who call themselves “just Christian” are in a round about way saying that they don’t want to be identified with any particular affiliation or denomination. So, when someone says “I am a Christian” they are also saying “I am not a Catholic, or a Baptist, or a Methodist, or etc”. It is almost like short-hand, saying that in essence they are a Bible-only, me-and-Jesus-only type of Christian. So, I think, here in the US especially, when a Catholic says, “I am not a Christian, I am a Catholic” they are saying that they have an affiliation with the Church. They are saying that they are a member of Christ’s Church, and that they are not a non-denominational, non-church affiliated, Bible-only Christian.
Now, when other (non-Catholic) Christians say that we Catholics are not Christian, well, that is another story altogether.