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1.
a Roman Catholic who chooses to follow what ever church idea or prohibition they choose to at his/her own discretion
She was a Cafeteria Catholic. Her daughter will most likely be one as well.
by The Return of Light Joker November 16, 2007
 
2.
A Catholic individual, typically poorly catechised, from the Latin Rite or other. Said Catholic will pick and choose what he chooses to believe in in regards to the faith. Typically they will deny or mutilate revealed truths in order to justify their sinful lifestyles.
John is a cafeteria Catholic, he believes in the Magesterium but he thinks women should be allowed to be ordained.
by Cliff Whitty July 09, 2006
 
3.
A catholic who chooses to follow the correct doctrines of the catholic church, and choosing not to follow the pretty much ridiculous ones.
Silvio feels that gay people should have the right to marry, so he is a cafeteria catholic.
by Vito Antonio December 04, 2006
 
4.
A term used by stupid Fundamentalist Catholics in order to insult intelligent Catholics who do not just blindly except everything they are told, and can reason things out, instead of believing a literal interpretation of the bible, or except every religious leaders opinions.
Im proud to be a Cafeteria Catholic, it means I am intelligent.
by handsomebwonderful December 28, 2009