I just commented
in a MeFi thread about nuns and it got me thinking. →
[More:] Being Catholic is a strange thing, it's a religion, but a the same time it's almost an ethinicty*. As I said in my comment, I practice almost none of the tenets of the religion I was raised in, but I still think of myself as Catholic, since it rears its head in the ways I mentioned in my linked comment. It may be analagous to the way a non-practicing Jewish person will still always, on some level, think of themselves as a Jew. Any other Catholic raised MeChaZens feel me on this one?
*This perception may be due to the fact that many immigrant groups-the Irish, Italians, eastern Europeans-recieved something of a hostile reception in the US due to their Catholicism in a (then) Protestant nation, among other reasons.