[quote="StJudePray4Me, post:1, topic:201345"]
This may be really silly, but I am curious --
Do you say (or know someone who says) "I am a Catholic," or "She is a Catholic," with Catholic being a noun? Like how some Jewish people might say "I am a Jew," instead of saying "I am Jewish."
I have never heard anyone Catholic say this, but I hear it all the time in films and on TV.
Where I grew up & live (In the Northeast) everyone I know says "I am Catholic," with Catholic being more of a adjective.
Is this a regional, or generational thing?
Any insight would be appreciated!
I don't think it is an issue whether you say of yourself or of someone else I am Catholic, or I am A Catholic. A Jewish person responding however is giving both his ethnicity and his religious belief. Many of not most Catholics in America are of mixed heritage so it would no longer be accurate to say I am an Italian Catholic, Irish Catholic, Mexican Catholic, or Polish Catholic. Nor can we any longer assume if someone claims either of those ethnic ties that they are also Catholic by definition. Nor do all ethnic Jews necessarily retain their religious ties and practices. It is best to let people self-identify both their culture and their religion.