This Meta question may sound similar to the Christians.SE vs. Survivor and Brothers, we are not Christians, but really it is about Catholics and determining who is the true Roman Catholic. The truth is, some Christian groups call themselves Catholic, but they really aren't Catholic in the Roman Catholic sense. And some Christians say they are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the Vatican refuses to recognize them as such.
Such Catholic (with a capital C) groups include:
- Evangelical Catholics (aka Lutherans, because Martin Luther thought he was to correct the Catholic Church of his time)
- Orthodox Catholics (aka Eastern Orthodox Christians)
- Traditionalist Catholics (Catholics who are against Second Vatican Council)
- Old Catholics (Catholics who are against papal authority)
- Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (Catholics whose bishops are selected by the secular government)
- Roman Catholic Women Priests (explictly say they are affiliated with and identify as Roman Catholics, even without the Vatican's approval)
Now, what do we do on this website? Should we make a point and say who is and who is not "Roman Catholic" by self-identification alone, or should we allow the official Vatican and the Pope's authority to decide?