Many sports fans will claim a “real fan” of team X has to do certain things above and beyond merely supporting the team by, say, buying tickets and fan items, or watching games on TV. Such as “never leave/turn off a game even if they’re losing 10-0 by the 2nd inning” or “never criticize any team member”, not only for mistakes on the field, but even the ones who get arrested and accused of terrible crimes, have die-hard “fans” always ready to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re the victim of some conspiracy.
In a similar vein, it seems there are those on CAF who think that “real Catholics” will go above and beyond the basics of their faith. Some examples that easily come to mind are:
A Real Catholic not only assents to Church doctrine on Mary, but has an active Marian devotion, such as the Rosary, Fatima, the Total Consecration, Brown Scapular, etc.
A Real Catholic not only assents to Church doctrine on contraception, but only uses NFP after talking to their priest, maybe even a bishop. A Real Catholic would expect to have 4 kids at minimum. And would never ever ever use the Pill even if it’s for a medical reason when they’re NOT sexually active.
A Real Catholic not only assents to Church doctrine on the Mass, but always keeps an eagle eye out for any Liturgical abuses, people going up to receive Communion unworthily, and those scandalous scantily clad women.
A Real Catholic would never ever dream of exposing their children to the heathen, morally scandalous “government” schools. And would be very careful in vetting Catholic schools to make sure they are not Catholic In Name Only. Optimally, a Real Catholic would home school all of their many children and shield them from worldly issues such as homosexuality for as long as possible.
I can also think of some other issues such as whether mothers should work outside the home, or should obey (not just submit to) their husbands, or whether Attachment Parenting is the only true Catholic parenting method, and of course there are endless modesty topics.
Some would also claim a “Real Catholic” would never vote for a pro-abortion candidate, but I didn’t list it because I think most would agree there are some extreme circumstances that would permit this. Such as “both major candidates are pro-abortion and no pro-life candidate has a viable chance of winning” – this actually IS the case in some local and regional races. Such as NY State - the last prominent pro-life Republican I can think of from that state was Al D’Amato.