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Do Roman Catholics consider Protestants to be Christians?[open]
5/19/08 | me

Posted on 05/19/2008 5:38:23 PM PDT by netmilsmom

To follow-up, Thanks to all the wonderful Non-catholics who said that Catholics were Christians, this post is for the Catholics to chime in.

Do you think Protestants are Brothers and Sisters in Christ? Are Protestants Christians?


TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: baptism; catholic; christian; christianity; myopine
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Thanks in advance!
1 posted on 05/19/2008 5:38:24 PM PDT by netmilsmom
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To: netmilsmom
Do Roman Catholics consider Protestants to be Christians?

This one does. Most certainly.

2 posted on 05/19/2008 5:39:49 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: netmilsmom

Yes, we do from Benedict XVI on down to me.


3 posted on 05/19/2008 5:40:21 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: netmilsmom

Probably most of them are.


4 posted on 05/19/2008 5:41:50 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: netmilsmom

And we do believe the same thing that most Protestants believe about Catholics. Whereas you think some of our beliefs are flawed, we believe some of your (regardless of denomination) beliefs are flawed.


5 posted on 05/19/2008 5:42:25 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: NYer; Salvation; narses

Could you ping your lists for us? Thanks!


6 posted on 05/19/2008 5:42:31 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom
almost.

but that's just me. I spent 20 years in that wasteland.

7 posted on 05/19/2008 5:42:48 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: netmilsmom

In a nutshell, Catholics consider Christ’s sacrifice to be absolutely necessary for salvation. Protestants consider it to be absolutely sufficient. The debate continues, and I would not deign to try to have the last word.


8 posted on 05/19/2008 5:42:53 PM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
And we do believe the same thing that most Protestants believe about Catholics. Whereas you think some of our beliefs are flawed, we believe some of your (regardless of denomination) beliefs are flawed.

Of course, that wasn't the question, but who's paying attention.

9 posted on 05/19/2008 5:43:57 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: netmilsmom

Of course. I consider them brothers and sisters in Christ.


10 posted on 05/19/2008 5:45:31 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: the invisib1e hand; MIchaelTArchangel

>>And we do believe the same thing that most Protestants believe about Catholics. Whereas you think some of our beliefs are flawed, we believe some of your (regardless of denomination) beliefs are flawed.
Of course, that wasn’t the question, but who’s paying attention. <<

Well it is an answer though.


11 posted on 05/19/2008 5:47:05 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom

Sure. If they believe in the Apostles Creed and accept Baptism they are Christians seperated from the True Church but Christain nonetheless.


12 posted on 05/19/2008 5:47:55 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: OpusatFR

I consider all Christians and Jews as well, my brothers and sisters.
Period.


13 posted on 05/19/2008 5:47:55 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: netmilsmom
Well it is an answer though.

And surely the question is being asked lots of places.

14 posted on 05/19/2008 5:48:20 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: netmilsmom; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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15 posted on 05/19/2008 5:48:45 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: acapesket

” Jews as well, my brothers and sisters.”

That’s a fact, but the question was do Catholics consider Protestants to be Christians. ( -;


16 posted on 05/19/2008 5:49:38 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: netmilsmom
I guess I don't consider them to be Catholics, and the other categories really don't matter to me.

And I think people who slam the Blessed Mother, whatever they call themselves, are idiots and I really don't care what they worship.

I remember what an ever-loving dunce I was when I believed all that nonsense.

17 posted on 05/19/2008 5:50:09 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The road to hell is paved with euphemisms.)
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To: OpusatFR

I said all Christians and Jews.


18 posted on 05/19/2008 5:50:37 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: CalvaryJohn

Well said!


19 posted on 05/19/2008 5:51:25 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: netmilsmom

Yes.


20 posted on 05/19/2008 5:52:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("If Global Warming did not exist, the left would have to invent it. In fact, they did." ~Don Feder)
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To: acapesket

DUH!
Sorry... YES!!
I AM AN IRISH CATHOLIC!
What could be worse than that?
We have a running tab with our Jewish friends as to whose Mothers can inflict the most GUILT.
Currently a toss -up!

LOL.


21 posted on 05/19/2008 5:53:37 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: netmilsmom

Catholics do call Protestants Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Mormons are not considered Christian by the Catholic faith. Sorry, but true.


22 posted on 05/19/2008 5:53:57 PM PDT by ricks_place
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To: netmilsmom

If you are baptized according to the Trinitarian Formula and believe the Nicene Creed, you’re a Christian, IMHO. Now, whether they are Churches, or whether they have the fullness of Truth, those are whole other issues. ;-)


23 posted on 05/19/2008 5:54:50 PM PDT by thefrankbaum (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam)
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To: acapesket

>>We have a running tab with our Jewish friends as to whose Mothers can inflict the most GUILT.<<

THAT’S where I got it from!


24 posted on 05/19/2008 5:55:44 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom

Most certainly. Especially since I am a Catholic married to a Baptist.


25 posted on 05/19/2008 5:58:49 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; All
"... slam the Blessed Mother..."

Many of us share reverence for Mary and would never do that.

Thank you all for your kind comments.

26 posted on 05/19/2008 5:59:20 PM PDT by Enosh (†)
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To: buccaneer81

>>Most certainly. Especially since I am a Catholic married to a Baptist.<<

Mine was Presbyterian!


27 posted on 05/19/2008 6:00:34 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom

Yes, Catholics believe that any person who is baptized with water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is baptized, and therefore a Christian, unless and until he renounces that baptism of his own free will.

We also believe that since Jesus established only one church and desired we remain one in Him, that there is only one church.

So, we believe that any person who is validly baptized (see above) is a member of the one universal Catholic Church, making him/her a Christian.

We believe the person remains a member of the Catholic Church unless and until he renounces membership in it.

As such, we consider all baptized Christians to be part of the communion of saints, and members of the same body of Christ, ie the same Church or Community.

I apologize in advance if I have phrased something either in a theologically deficient manner or in a way that seems too blunt or shocking to anyone.


28 posted on 05/19/2008 6:00:49 PM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: netmilsmom
Mine was Presbyterian!

Our households were spared the extra guilt! ;-)

29 posted on 05/19/2008 6:02:56 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: netmilsmom

Of course.


30 posted on 05/19/2008 6:04:00 PM PDT by sneakers (Liberty is the answer to the human condition.)
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To: netmilsmom

Absolutely.


31 posted on 05/19/2008 6:04:28 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Screw MacCain and the elephant he rode in on.)
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To: fetal heart beats by 21st day

No it was marvelous! Thanks!


32 posted on 05/19/2008 6:06:05 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: buccaneer81

>>Our households were spared the extra guilt! ;-) <<

LOLOL!


33 posted on 05/19/2008 6:06:49 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom

Yes. That is why a Protestant entering into full communion with the Church need not be rebaptised, just confirmed.


34 posted on 05/19/2008 6:08:21 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: netmilsmom

Don’t be silly of course we do! Geesh!


35 posted on 05/19/2008 6:08:44 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: netmilsmom

“We have a running tab with our Jewish friends as to whose Mothers can inflict the most GUILT.”

“The Jews invented guilt but the catholics perfected it.”

I was Catholic and am married to a Baptist. We are both flawed Christians.


36 posted on 05/19/2008 6:10:07 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: netmilsmom

Almost all positive responses. Catholics view protestants as Christian, prots — at least some of them, view Catholics as not. Interesting.


37 posted on 05/19/2008 6:10:52 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: ricks_place
"Mormons are not considered Christian by the Catholic faith. Sorry, but true."

Correct.

38 posted on 05/19/2008 6:10:52 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: netmilsmom

It doesn’t prevent them from being Christians with a few rare exceptions.
“Protestant” is too broad of a catch all in that respect.


39 posted on 05/19/2008 6:12:09 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: outofsalt

>>We are both flawed Christians.<<

Me too!


40 posted on 05/19/2008 6:13:57 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles

What about Masons?


41 posted on 05/19/2008 6:14:35 PM PDT by LeGrande
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To: netmilsmom

“>>Most certainly. Especially since I am a Catholic married to a Baptist.<<

Mine was Presbyterian!”

Mine was Methodist!


42 posted on 05/19/2008 6:16:28 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: narses

>>Catholics view protestants as Christian, prots — at least some of them<<

I’m going to say, there are some in every bunch.
Did you see the Protestant thread?

Very kind people there (a couple of the usual suspects but you know!)


43 posted on 05/19/2008 6:17:11 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: OpusatFR

Yeah, some of us really “hate” Protestants.

Guess we marry them to make ourselves suffer. LOL!

(personally, I love them!)


44 posted on 05/19/2008 6:18:33 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: LeGrande

>>What about Masons?<<

Are they Protestant?


45 posted on 05/19/2008 6:19:18 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Ironmom. (but really made from Gold plated titanium))
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To: netmilsmom

YES, YES, YES, YES. The only Protestants (if using the term broadly) whom I don’t regard as Christians are those sects that do not believe in the Trinity, and other core teachings of Christian doctrine such as the physical resurrection of Jesus.


46 posted on 05/19/2008 6:20:44 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: netmilsmom
This is what a Catholic friend told me, but the next question.

Do you thing we protestants especially Southern Baptist will ever it out of purgatory?

47 posted on 05/19/2008 6:21:12 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: netmilsmom

Yes, protestants are Christians; although their faith formation is lacking, which leaves them mired in defective churches that don’t understand or adhere to the fullness of faith. They represent the sadness of man’s fallen nature.


48 posted on 05/19/2008 6:22:08 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: narses
Catholics view protestants as Christian, prots — at least some of them, view Catholics as not

The protestants who don't think Catholics are Christians are taking protestant thinking to its logical extreme.

First, the Catholics, then, the Baptists, then, the Methodists, then, the Presbyterians, then, half of their own congregation, then, their pastor, then, everyone except themselves.

A Church of One.

49 posted on 05/19/2008 6:24:49 PM PDT by Jim Noble (May 17 was my Tenth Anniversary on FR)
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To: netmilsmom

I think as the world turns more muslim, that we Christians will find more in common than apart. I also think that we will need to stick together, despite our differences.


50 posted on 05/19/2008 6:27:15 PM PDT by cowtowney
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