Recently, my son has mentioned at least two times when his Western Civilization teacher clearly stated things that were Anti-Catholic and wrong. (This subject of course includes the Protestant Reformation so I was already on alert before day 1 of school)
For example, he said the teacher said that “The Pope said you must pay the money or you cannot go to heaven.”
That is one of those “Where do I begin?” comments. However, my son and two or three Hispanics are the only Catholics in the class. This teacher the next day repeated with some other comment that was false related to Luther.
All of this has begged several questions in my mind:
- Where are the good Reformation tracts and/or books that are in rebuttal form?
- At what point can I raise an objection without coming across as a fanatic or otherwise being drawn into a religious debate with a ignorant public school teacher?
Lastly, there are many FALSE things in Church history that are so commonly taught in schools and in our culture that many Protestants and others don’t even think Catholics are even offended by it because they think Catholics agree with them.