I know quite a few “Catholics” who disbelieve much of our body of faith, but who proclaim themselves to the world as being Catholic. Personally and as a matter of logic, I see them as Non-Catholic, but at the same time I don’t mean to judge them. I mean. . . I can identify as a lion or a tiger, but that doesn’t make me feline. . . instead it would seem to make me delusional.
An example is a close member of my family who doesn’t attend Mass (not even on Christmas), doesn’t believe in the Sacraments, doesn’t believe Jesus died for our sins, and doesn’t believe in the Real Presence at Holy Communion. For the sake of anonymity, I’ll call him “Rico”. Rico says Jesus was not God, did not perform miracles, did not rise from the dead, but that He was merely a wise, moral, human preacher. Rico strongly believes that earthly death is final, and that there is no such thing as eternity or life after death. Rico coerced two of his wives into having multiple abortions, and believes a fetus is not human but merely a lump of tissue not unlike a tumor or any other biological “growth”.
I’ve known many, many “Catholics” like Rico, who disavow most if not all of the tenets of the Catholic faith while loudly proclaiming themselves to be Catholic. I also know several practicing Catholics who actually do go to Mass, and receive the Sacraments, but who strongly believe in “Pro-Choice” as a basic woman’s right.
Then finally, I know many Protestants who tell me that the most immoral people they have ever personally known were Catholics.