[quote=♥LoveAngel♥]I want to show you all something I have from an anti-Catholic book, and it describes Catholics as falling into the following categories:
(a very condensed version of what is actually written)
nominal or social … born into or married into the Church. Uncommitted, and have little knowledge. Basically, Catholic by name only.
Syncretistic-eclectic … combined or absorbed by pagan religion (to varying degrees) according to culture e.g. South American or African.
Traditional or Orthodox … the most powerful and conservative. Rejects Vatican II, etc. I think everyone here need not an explanation.
Moderate… the Catholics of post Vatican II. not entirely traditional, not entirely Liberal.
Modernist, liberal Catholic… the post Vatican II “progressive” that rejects Traditional doctrine.
Ethnic or Cultural… often retained by migrants to America who use thier religion “to provide a sense of belonging”.
Lapsed or apostate Catholic… alienated backslidden, or apostates indifferent to the Church and God.
Charismatic… seeks baptism in the Spirit, speaking in tongues, and other spiritual gifts.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE DIFFERENCES TO THE NEXT TWO.
“Evangelical” Catholics: former protestant converted to Rome, who may retain some of their former beliefs but who now accept Roman Catholocism. as the one true church and it’s doctrines are authoritative.
Evangelical “Catholics”: former Roman Catholics who are truly evangelical and who have rejected the teachings of Rome, often deciding to remain in the Church to help reform it or as a means to evangelize other Catholics. In large measure these persons are no longer Catholics.
So, you can see, there are some Catholics (so called) that remain in the church with the intentions of leaving, but first wanting to take some WITH them.
Strange. There’s no category for all of us who believe in all the teachings of the Church. Hmmmm…