“What religion are you?” someone asks me.
“Catholic,” I say.
My fellow Catholics, how do you usually answer this question?
It’s kind of a no-win situation for us. Here’s what I mean:
You say “Catholic.”
In the mind of the listener: Oh. That’s not Christian! OR Oh. Is that Christian? OR Oh. She’s one of THOSE. (Insert false stereotype here)
You say, “Christian.”
In the mind of the listener: She’s one of those evangelicals/nondenominationals
You say, “Catholic Christian.”
In the mind of the listener: Does that imply some Catholics aren’t Christian? OR That’s an oxymoron!
All three of these answers are accurate for us to say. I would be inclined to say that the last, “Catholic Christian,” is the most accurate and complete. I hate to leave Christ out of my description of what my religion is! We just have to hope that the listener recognizes that Catholicism and Christianity are one in the same.
I’m interested in hearing how you answer the question, “What religion are you?” Catholics, what do you say? Protestants, do you identify yourself as Christian, Protestant, or by your specific denomination?