How do you deal with Anti- Catholicism?


#1

So I was wondering how do you deal with this in real life? Do you ignore the comments the make or what should you do?

Matthew 5:11-13

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


#2

I have learned education is the most powerful tool to use against this. Most people do not understand the Catholic Church; therefore, they think they know what they are against, but when explained, things sometimes change, though not always. I am a perfect example. I was never really anti-Catholic, but I certainly never really understood the Catholic Church. Now I am beginning to understand it and my views have changed dramatically.

On the other hand, some people are anti-Catholic because they simply want to hate (or have a strong aversion to) the Catholic Church. I see it all over the place and it’s one of the reasons (not the only) I decided to start studying about Catholicism. Some of what people were saying just didn’t sound right…and it wasn’t.

So, to answer your question, I try to educate, at least to get them to understand they may not really know what they are against. I tell people if you are going to be against something, at least make sure you know what it is and why you are against it, not what you think it may be.


#3

[quote="Nacho45, post:2, topic:343003"]
I have learned education is the most powerful tool to use against this. Most people do not understand the Catholic Church; therefore, they think they know what they are against, but when explained, things sometimes change, though not always. I am a perfect example. I was never really anti-Catholic, but I certainly never really understood the Catholic Church. Now I am beginning to understand it and my views have changed dramatically.

On the other hand, some people are anti-Catholic because they simply want to hate (or have a strong aversion to) the Catholic Church. I see it all over the place and it’s one of the reasons (not the only) I decided to start studying about Catholicism. Some of what people were saying just didn’t sound right…and it wasn’t.

So, to answer your question, I try to educate, at least to get them to understand they may not really know what they are against. I tell people if you are going to be against something, at least make sure you know what it is and why you are against it, not what you think it may be.

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Hey that's great I will do that too... Thank you :)


#4

First of all, I try and not take it personally.

It depends on the situation and the person attacking our faith. If they seem poorly informed and open to a conversation about what the church actually teaches, then I engage with them. If they are foaming at the mouth and will not engage in a civilised conversation, then I get out of the situation, even if it means not responding and letting them talk.


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#7

Recent events in my country (Ireland) might be indicative.

The Church in my country has been pillored.
The reason for this has been the sex abuse scandal and the recent highly divisive abortion issue.

What has come to the surface is a vicious anti-Catholicism based upon bigotry, and in some cases poor understanding of the facts.

The bigots are a compendium of so called "aggressive-secularists", communists, Dawkin-type atheists, self hating Irish people.

If you can engage people who make up this constituency it becomes apparent their hatred of the institutional church is their main fixation.
As them about the priest who came to give a relative the last rites for example and they answer "he was a lovely priest"

My view on how to deal with Anti Catholicism is to ask the "objector" about their, or their families, interaction with a member of the clergy.
More often than not, it becomes apparent their "hatred" is focussed on something which is actually intangible rather than real.


#8

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These posts represent my very divisive and warring family.
Which left a sour taste in my mouth because such hate is in and of itself divisive.
It churns my stomach to this day.
Which in turn left me feeling "Christian" and not Protestant or Catholic for many years.
It really messed with my head and stomach and still does.
I can't count the days of sorrow of my life from this warring.

So I stand firm in my Faith to the best of my profoundly limited abilities.
I will never be an apologist of any merit.
Which does not make me a very good defender.
I fully admit this to Him; that I cannot, and I duly apologise to Him.

I tend to walk away in prayer for love amongst all His children, for He died for all of us. All of us. I also keep in mind the words of Julian:


#9

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So I was wondering how do you deal with this in real life? Do you ignore the comments the make or what should you do?

Matthew 5:11-13

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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I live with it, everyday. My parents have such a strong dislike (I really didn't want to say hate) for the Catholic Church, and even though my Dad is currently serving across the country, I still hear my Mom saying rude things about Catholics, when she herself was a Catholic 6 1/2 years ago!! They don't know I am going to become Catholic, and they also don't know how much it hurts me that they talk bad about the Catholic Church, and a few of our Catholic friends/relatives. How do I deal with it? I certainly don't ignore it. I pray. I pray for my family's conversion everyday, so they can come home with me. Will it ever happen, I highly doubt it, but never doubt the power of prayer.

As for the quote you published, that first line really speaks words of what I have had to endure so far. Being insulted, persecuted, and being lied about to others. It hurts, it really does. But for those on here who are also feeling that, don't let it get to you. It will get better. God wouldn't give you an obstacle you couldn't jump over. He's good that way. :D


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What happened to the Power of Prayer!? :p


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