However many Catholics there are registered at Novus Ordo parishes worldwide, I often wonder how many real Catholics there are among them?
I mean, there are some who knowingly dissent against what they know as Church teaching -- how is that any different from Luther and the other Protestants? At least the protestants had the integrity to leave the Church and start their own religion.
Some Catholics today want to cling to the name "Catholic", with all the glory thereof, but they want to dissent on various issues (birth control, male priesthood, nature of the Mass, universal salvation, etc)
And some Catholics push the envelope when it comes to being a "sinner" or "lax Catholic". When you hardly ever attend Mass, when your kids only show up for 1st communion and Confirmation, etc. -- how can you say you're Catholic? Mexican, maybe, but not Catholic.
You can be a sinner and at least TRY to be a Catholic. You know, attend Mass every week, go to Communion and Confession -- maybe read a book about the Catholic Faith once in a while? It's not that hard, really.