This question is promoted by several recent posts here plus my own family members’ issues.
I know that once baptized Catholic, a person is always Catholic. However, why do people with huge issues with the Church still call themselves Catholic? For example, my mom is pro-choice. As this obviously go against a huge tenet of the faith, I’m confused why she still proclaims herself Catholic (she’ll usually start ranting about the Church after she states her religion).
I’ve seen homosexuals in same-sex “marriages” proudly call themselves Catholic.
I suppose I have several questions.
What is a self ex-communicated Catholic called? I know that having an abortion is instant excommunication. What about purposely and unregrettably living a life in sin (e.g. Homosexual marriage, etc)? Is this cause for self ex-communication?
More important than the technicalities, I question why those who are so blatantly against important teachings still call themselves Catholic. I asked my mother this once and suggested she might be comfortable in a religion where she actually believes in it (that didn’t go over well). All I can surmise is that she thinks of being Catholic like being Irish- you just are. Even though I was baptized Catholic and will therefore always be one in a technical sense, if I didn’t believe in the right to life, traditional marriage, the Eucharist, papal infallibility- Whatever- I wouldn’t go around telling people I was Catholic. If I despised or disagreed with a major tenet of a religion, I’d never want to associate myself with this supposed lie or fault. So why do others?
Disclaimer- I’m not attacking anyone here. I am sincerely interested in answers.