I have heard that there are more than 33000 Protestant denominations, but only one Catholic Church. But is everyone baptised Catholic a Catholic?
I read that there are over a billion Catholics in the world and 67.5 million in the US, but are all these, even the ones that have rejected the church, to be considered Catholics.
Recently I attended a course by a Roman Catholic priest (once a priest always a priest – tu es sacerdos in aeternum) who did not believe in the divinity of Christ, the virgin birth, original sin or the Trinity, but he believed all would be saved. Is he really a Catholic, as he claimed he was?
He was asked what the students should call him. He replied that when he was teaching in Berkeley he was given a tee-shirt with “The Best B-Y Theologian in America” written on it.
We hear of Catholics for Choice (an oxymoron), many Catholics reject Church teaching on contraception, do not attend mass on Sundays and do not really believe in marriage. Are such people Catholic?
If not, how many Catholics are there in the world, in the US?