A couple other “scandal” stats to keep in mind. Many non-Catholics (well ok some Catholics too) believe that the Inquisition killed MILLIONS of people (Jimmy Swaggert is on record as stating 25,000,000). Per Karl Keetings Catholicism and Fundementalism the documentation is unclear but a generally accepted number is about 3,000 in all 4 Inquisitions over 250 years. Fr. Richard Simons (aka Rev Know-it-all) compared it to the state of Texas’ execution rate and TX out did the Inquisition in a MUCH shorter time. Compare to the witch burnings in Protestant Germant durring the same time: 100,000. Also the Inquisition did not - usually - do the executing. The Inquisition was a court system that acutally brought a rule-of-law to the judicial system. Many, MANY people appealed to have their case heard by the Inquisition RATHER THAN the local court. There are recorded Riots because the Inquisition was stopped!
Listen to Thomas Madden: catholic.com/radio/shows/what-was-the-inquisition-4955
He dispells most of the ‘legends’ of the Inquisition.
Also the ‘priest abuse scandal’ - just heard on a recent Catholic Answers Open Forum with Tim Staples, he quoted the stat that the rate of priest abuse is about 1,7% but the rate of Protestant pastor abuse is about 4x that, teachers, coaches, other religious leaders and other proffessions that deal with children are all HIGHER.
Above all - as the Hitchhikers Guide says: DON"T PANIC!
You have found the fullness of the TRUTH. Even if they ‘corner’ you on an issue, just say ‘I don’t know, but I will find out for you’ and then DO IT. I had to work through ALOT of junk arguments against the Catholic Church. What did I learn from it? That there’s an explaination for just about everything. I only say ‘just about’ because I haven’t studied EVERYTHING yet, but I have yet to NOT find an explaination or an answer.
Always reply in a calm voice, anchor your soul Rock of Christ who delegated his authority to the Rock of the Church - Peter. The more angry they get it means the less they believe their own argument. They’re just trying to make you think - by their anger - that they really know what they’re talking about.
Cross yourself before you go there, ask St. Justin Martyr for intercession, be humble, be loving, be strong, BE CATHOLIC!
God Bless you :signofcross: