You Know You're a Catholic Nerd When ...
- You refer to other religions as "Non-Catholic."
I was recently explaining my version of the Christian Family Tree. Fortunately, when you googlesearch that term, you get this lovely article from Catholic Update as the first thing on the list, and I'm glad for that- because there's so much misinformation out there.
Wikipedia, for example, presents this version most of the uninformed populace probably hold, if they've ever casually glanced at a history book or browsed Wikipedia:
One can hardly blame them for its glaring inaccuracies. They clearly haven't a clue.
And when Protestant denominations multiplicate like rabbits in heat, one can hardly blame the secular world for getting it wrong. Consider the Presbyterians and what actually passes for a 'visual aid' in someone's book:
You can basically sort Protestants into various categories: Lutheran, Calvinist, Anabaptist, etc. But what's really needed is a map of who broke off from whom on and on down the line. Because everyone broke off from someone before them, ad finitum. But who has the time or inclination?
Until then, here's the condensed version:
Christ established One Church- it is Holy, it carries on the mission of the Apostles, and it is a universal communion of faithful who practice different rites. In 1054, some of those faithful decided to carry on the mission of the Apostles outside of that universal communion. Five centuries later, various individuals decided to carry out their own mission outside of that universal communion.
Thus we have to two kinds of Christians:
1. Those who are Catholic.
2. Those who used to be Catholic.