A survey from our religious education department arrived in the mail today. I already had to fill out the catechist version of this a few weeks ago and now I have to fill out the parent version. There's a question on this survey that irritates me every time I see it pop up, and I honestly am now sure how I'm supposed to answer it without having to give an explanation. (I was relieved that it wasn't on the catechist survey.)
This is the question to which I am to answer yes or no: "I am a baptized Catholic." How exactly am I, a convert, to answer this question when there are no other questions regarding whether or not I am a Catholic? I was baptized in a Lutheran church and when I converted to the Catholic Church ten years ago, my Lutheran baptism was recognized by the Catholic Church as being valid.
Maybe I'm just hypersensitive to the comments I've received in the past that I'm not "a real Catholic" and this question just rubs me the wrong way, but I can't help but feel like I'm getting that same message from the parish when I see questions like this frequently pop up on stuff for the RE program. Yes, I'm Catholic (and a practicing one to boot) and no, I wasn't always.