The survey found that both Catholics (73 percent) and non-Catholics (71 percent) agreed that America needs a "moral makeover." Non-practicing Catholics — defined as those who attend church less than twice a month — were more likely to support abortion rights and same-sex marriage than the American population at large.
Here is the deal: if you don’t attend Mass and you reject the teachings of the Church, YOU ARE NOT CATHOLIC. Your dear grandmother may be Catholic. Your dear mother may be Catholic. But Catholicism is not an ethnicity. You don’t inherit it. Maybe at one time you were Catholic. You went to Mass. You received the Sacraments. But now you have rejected it. How dare you claim that your voice is part of the Catholic voice! Calling yourself a Jedi would be as accurate as calling yourself a Catholic.
I know that some may say, “Wow. That’s a bit harsh.” Maybe it is. But I can’t believe that we are doing anyone any good by allowing people to delude themselves and think they are really Catholic when they have rejected the Church. It makes all the teachings of the Church seem optional. They are not optional. To be Catholic means to accept the Church is who she says she is: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Christ and protected by the Holy Spirit from error in matters of faith and morals.
If you have wandered away from the Church and want to come home, I will support you every step of the way. The Church is waiting to receive you with open arms. I want you to come home. I want you to share in the grace and blessings of the Catholic Church. I want to walk with you on this journey of faith. No judgment. No condemnation.
On the other hand, if you have walked away from the Church and want to keep on walking away, I will pray for you. But don’t think you can take that Catholic identity with you. It is time to either fish or cut bait. Don’t cheapen the word Catholic by using it as a cultural label. Catholicism is not just a label. It is a way of life. It is a very specific faith. It is tough. Make a choice. Are you going to be Catholic or not?