[quote="Patavium, post:1, topic:287176"]
A question for our nonCatholic friends, and former nonCatholic friends. Does the Church YOU attend spends time during the services, bible studies, and other church activities talking about the Catholic Church?
if Yes, Do you know why they did this? What was the purpose?
if now you are Catholic, is this the same experience at Mass in the Catholic Church? or in other activities affiliated directly to the Catholic parish you attend?
I am a born and raised Catholic. I lapsed during some period, but returned to the Catholic Church. During my 14 years as Catholic, I went to a Jesuit High School, and I attended for years Mass, I NEVER heard about other noncatholic christians teachings or mentioning of them during Mass. I learned about noncatholic christians through books, and private talk (with fellow catholics, priests) outside the parish services.
At my current parish, "Roman" Catholicism is rarely mentioned during sermons, and then rarely if ever in a negative light. It is mentioned a lot more during our "adult ed" time after church. As Episcopalians, we discuss from time to time how our view of things might differ from that of the Roman Communion. Like most Episcopal parishes, we have some ex-Catholics, and sometimes they want to understand how we are different. We live in a town with a lot of Catholics--there are two large Catholic churches practically within a stone's throw of ours (not that we throw any stones:p). So the subject comes up. The most negative comments usually have to do with the perceived exclusivism of "Roman Catholics." The priest thinks that you guys think you are the only real Christians, and I keep saying, "No, they just think they are the only Catholics!" One of our older members has a son who married a Catholic and brought up the kids as Catholics (I think he became Catholic himself but I'm not sure), and she's very upset about the way her daughter-in-law's mother treated her when she tried to receive communion at their Catholic parish. (She honestly didn't know that the Catholic Church doesn't allow this, and it sounds as if her in-law wasn't very nice about it.) Catholic views on birth control also come up from time to time.
In all of this, the assumption most folks in the parish are working from is that the "Roman Catholics" are of course Christians, and furthermore "Catholic Christians" like us, and why on earth can't they just accept us as being like them and stop being so weird and snooty. In other words, at our worst we are not at all like anti-Catholic fundamentalists. (I am always the one who has to explain why "Roman Catholics" do the weird things they do and why it actually makes sense, and this does get a bit wearying.)