[quote=Meggie]http://forum.catholic.com/images/smilies/confused.gifA girl lives across the hall in my dorm and she is a protestant. She is also Irish. Today she wore orange saying that she was symbolizing the protastant part of her irish heritage…
did anyone ever here anything so dumb?http://forum.catholic.com/images/smilies/ani/ani_banghead3.gif its ST PACTRICK’S day not Irish heritage day…
I don’t know all the facts, but I would caution that you cut her some slack. Irish Protestants greatly revere St. Patrick. The more enlightened Protestants give credit to the early Catholic evangelists for spreading the word of God and bringing pagans to Christianity.
It’s possible that she associates her faith with the color orange, as many Irish Protestants do. Since St. Patrick helped to convert Ireland to Christianity, perhaps she feels the best way to honor him, within her tradition, is to wear orange.
St. Patrick’s chosen color was actually blue, in honor of our Blessed Mother.
Now, if this girl goes around claiming that St. Patrick was Protestant, then you should perhaps enlighten her.
I did a google search using the words “St. Patrick Baptist” and found four pertinent hits. Apparently there are no internet apologists willing to argue that he was Presbyterian, but believe me, there are a few Irish across the pond who believe that he was!
God bless you all!