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    Cool Are Protestants and Catholics Getting Along Better These Days?

    I come from a family that is mainly Protestants (Presbyterians), most of them if not all of them married Catholics. It caused an uproar in my family, there is still a bitter hatrid, you could cut the tension with a Knife. I am not relgious at all, but my immediate family wouldn't really care if I married someone outside my religious background, as long as it wasn't beyond the rediculous. I noticed when I went back home to Glasgow the Bitterness between Catholics and Protestants isn't as bad as it used to be. Is it a new generation of people, or just a culture change. A few generations ago my family members would get isolated from the family if they married outside Protestantism. Are Catholics more bitter about Protestantism, or is it the other way around or equal. I am not religious, I am just curious if that stigma still exists. I know it strongly does In the Glaswegian Celtic and Rangers battles :-)

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    Maybe the differences between Protestants and Catholics seem petty when there are Muslim potential candidates for marriage. But I don't know, we don't have that situation here (Protestants/Catholics).

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    I'm from Ireland and have lived here all my life, so I know a bit about the situation here. Relations are still pretty standoffish in parts of Northern Ireland.There would still be areas in Belfast, where a Catholic or Protestant would not know any member of the other tradition personally, and in these areas both comunities live completely parallel lives.

    The reason for this is fairly straight forward. When a place is a war zone for 30 years it takes more than a few years of relative peace before life becomes normal again between the waring factions. Probably it will take until two or three generations grow up which have never known the troubles before relations between Catholics and Protestants in the north resemble that in other parts of Europe.
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    I live in a country that is overwhelmingly Lutheran, and about seventy percent of the population belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran church. Only about 2 percent of Lutherans go to church weekly, and I suspect the vast majority are "cultural Lutherans", where church participation is limited to holidays like Christmas or major milestones like baptism or marriage. I think that for many Lutherans here, Lutheranism is more of an ethnic marker, as opposed to a set of beliefs or moral guidelines.

    Catholics, on the other hand, number around 15.000 (only 50 percent are natives). Most Catholics I know are married to Lutherans. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I have witnessed a lot of animosity between Catholics and Lutherans, at least in the realm of marriage and extended family relations. Whether this stems from actual religious differences or the fact that the Catholic partner is usually a foreigner isn't always clear, but the aggression and mistrust usually comes from the Lutheran side of the family. Some of it is very, very ugly. I am not trying to denigrate Lutherans by any means; in other countries, I've known of Catholic parents who are appalled that their child married a Protestant.

    In the society at large, I see some degree of suspicion and mistrust towards Catholics, but nothing close to the situation in Northern Ireland, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice
    In the society at large, I see some degree of suspicion and mistrust towards Catholics, but nothing close to the situation in Northern Ireland, for example.
    This low level distrust is probably still somewhat more prevalent in countries which became completely Protestant, such as England or Finland. But on the continent the discinction has no social or political relevance at all anymore since 1945 - Christian democrat parties united all the Christian voters in Flanders, the Netherlands and Germany. The question whether someone is Protestant or Catholic won't even pop up in people's minds over here. For us Flemings & the Dutch it is purely an after thought, it has zero importance in any kind of interaction between our peoples.
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    "Christian democrat parties united all the Christian voters in Flanders, the Netherlands and Germany..........."
    There is nothing Christian about the parties anymore, they are CINOS, Christians in name only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    This low level distrust is probably still somewhat more prevalent in countries which became completely Protestant, such as England or Finland.
    This makes perfect sense.
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    Many in my country are very negative about the Catholic church as an institution. However, most people would not let that affect Catholic believers. Almost all Catholics in my country are foreigners so very few natives join the Catholic faith. I know a few who actually did but they are exceptions (one joined but have left it now).

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    I have never sensed or observed any significant animosity being expressed between Catholics and Protestants in my community.

    However, my personal experience with the hierarchy, and formal rituals practiced by the Catholic church, while I was formally engaged to an RN from a devoutly Catholic family, was not a comfortable one.

    The last time I visited the rectory to consult with the priest who was counseling us for our upcoming wedding ceremony, I was greeted at the door by two pre-teen boys wearing only briefs, which I found to be extremely disturbing.
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