I Am Catholic, But I Am Not...

I Am Catholic, But I Am Not...

Don't let the stereotypes get you down!
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Catholicism is an identity that is not normally discussed among college students. I think it is really important to express your identity, whatever it may be.

Being Catholic, like any religion or identity, has stereotypes that follow it. I believe that religions and belief systems can be tailored to anyone. I asked college-aged Catholics to finish the following sentences in hopes of showing a deeper side to the people behind the faith.

I am Catholic, but I am not...

1. Conservative.

Dude, same. That's a huge misconception I get all the time. Just because I'm Catholic, doesn't mean I lean to the right.

2. a goody two shoes.

3. judgmental.

Matthew 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." PREACH.

4. Confirmed.

It's your faith journey. Own it. You're on nobody's time but His.

5. a virgin.

6. closed-minded.

7. judgmental of anyone who isn't Catholic.

I can't tell you how many non-Catholic or even non-Christian people I'm friends with.

8. a prude who doesn't know anything, hasn't experienced anything, and can't make a joke.

9. a "bigot" who refuses to listen to and understand other people's views.

10. a Jesus freak.

11. closed-minded.

12. misguided.

13. hate-filled.

14. the stereotype that society has put on me and my religion.

100% agree with you on that. If I tell people my views, the last thing they expect is for me to be Catholic. If I tell people my religion, the last thing they expect is my views.

15. on the same side as some Church policies.

I honestly struggle with this one a lot. I want to believe my Church is doing the best they can for society, but I question a lot of the policies in place.

16. very open about it in public. I mention it sometimes to others, but I don't talk about it too much.

That's okay! I can honestly understand that, too. That's why I made this article. Everyone's relationship with God and their religion is personal and, quite frankly, their own business and no one else's.


And now, my favorite answers.

17. in agreement with the many “Catholics” who promote hatred and discrimination towards people, like the LGBT community and people of different races.

18. Homophobic.

19. a homophobe.

20. against gay marriage. I think everyone has the right to love whoever they want.

21. judging people based on their Sexual Orientation.

All of these: YES. We are all called to love our neighbor. We are all called to not judge others. We are all children of God. I don't care if you're white, black, purple, green, yellow, rainbow, etc. He made us all in His image and likeness. We all should be treated as such.

I am Catholic and I am...

1. loving.

2. respectful of everyone's opinions.

3. still believing in my faith.

4. a believer that God makes you who you are for a reason, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed of who you are because He made you that way.

'Cause baby, I was born this way!

5. a firm believer in treating everyone with respect, even if they don’t agree with me.

6. proud of my faith.

7. funny.

8. going to share my views (in a respectful way).

9. a woman. The Church does not threaten my femininity. If anything, it encourages me to embrace it.

Yes! That's an awesome way to look at it.

10. someone who is willing to explain the Church's teachings in a loving way, and walk with anyone who wants to join the journey of following Christ.

Always. Always. Always. Sometimes there's this stereotype that Catholics only keep to themselves. If anything, we want you to come experience what we are experiencing through Christ.

11. imperfect.

12. accepting of everyone no matter what their background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. is.

13. kind.

14. someone that genuinely loves and cares about every other person in the world, despite their flaws and mistakes.

15. a Christian (There is a misconception that Catholics are not Christians... but we are!).

Glad I'm not the only one who runs into this! Yes, Catholics are Christian, too. We believe in Christ and follow the same book every other Christian denomination follows.

16. an advocate for love.

17. proud to be one.

18. practicing.

Keep it up! I heard the craziest statistic the other day that only 20% of Catholics are practicing.

19. loved.

20. a good person. I try to be true to Catholic beliefs with my thoughts and actions.

21. proud to be a part of the LGBT+ community.

You've got more support than you know. We're on your side.

22. a sinner.


Being Catholic is not always easy, but it's who we are. Don't let the judgmental people, the stereotypes, or the secular life get in the way. Be the best you that you can be.

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1. Adults are to be answered with "Yes ma’am" and "Yes sir."

Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, or the person that checks you out at the grocery store, always say yes ma’am.

2. Always write a thank you note.

For any and everything. No gesture is too small.

3. Expect a gentleman to hold the door open and pull out your chair.

Chivalry is not dead; you just need to find the right guy.

4. All tea is sweet.

Below the Mason-Dixon Line, tea is made no other way.

5. Don’t be afraid to cook with butter.

I’ve never met a good cook that didn’t giggle a little.

6. “Coke” refers to all sodas.

Here in the south, this means all types of sodas.

7. Pearls go with anything — literally anything

And every southern belle is bound to have at least one good set.

8. "If it’s not moving, monogram it."

9. Pastels are always in fashion.

And they look good on almost everyone.

10. And so is Lilly Pulitzer.

11. Curls, curls and more curls.

The bigger the hair, the closer to Jesus.

12. If you are wearing sandals, your toenails should be done.

13. Never ever ever wear white shoes, pants, dresses, or purses after Labor Day or before Easter.

Brides are the only exception. Yes we actually do follow this rule.

14. Never leave the house without lipstick.

A little mascara and lipstick can work miracles.

15. Always wear white when you walk down the aisle.

Weddings are taken very seriously here in the South, and they should be nothing but traditional.

16. Southern weddings should always be big.

The more bridesmaids the better.

17. Saturdays in the fall are reserved for college football.

Whether you spend it tailgating in that college town or watching the big game from your living room. You can guarantee that all southerner’s eyes will be glued to the game.

18. Sunday is for Jesus and resting.

19. Learn how to take compliments curiously.

20. Have class, always.

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It's 2019, And I Can Confirm One Size Does Not Fit All, At All

I'll take feeling good over meeting your standards. Thank you.

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We live in a society where being yourself and expressing who you truly are is something that is becoming more and more accepted and is actually trendy. Left and right, people are coming forward and declaring who they are and want to be in life and there is a crowd of people there to cheer them on.

There is also always that small percent sitting in the corner, ready to throw derogatory comments and taint the self-love, respect, and acceptance that's flowing.

Every single time this happens, the internet breaks and feuds form in the comment sections. How many times does this fight have to be had before people just mind their own business? How someone looks is frankly none of your concern. Whether you think the person is too fat, too skinny, too girly, too rough, too whatever, it's none of your business.

I'm a firm believer that one should focus on their own life instead of living to tear others down. You should be more concerned with feeling good in your own body than wasting your energy trying to make people ashamed of theirs. It's not your place to comment on someone's appearance.

We should work on building up confidence and feeling good in our skin. Exercising, working on your mental health, and surrounding yourself with good energy will improve your life exponentially. DO NOT do this to achieve an aesthetic or try to look like an Instagram model. Only do it to feel good about yourself internally. What you look like on the outside should only matter to you.

I would be lying if I said I didn't fall victim to countless beautiful women who post their swimsuit photos looking like they stepped out of Vogue magazine. I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with my own body image and have to remind myself daily that it's okay to not fit their mold. I won't lie to you. We live in a world that feels the need to comment on every inch of our skin rather than focus on more important issues. Shut off the noise and ignore the words that are given in hate. You have better things to do than focus on their negativity.

Make your own mold.

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