I’ve never experienced anti-Catholicism until about a year ago when my wife and I moved down the street from her sister and husband. My brother-in-law is an ex-Catholic and very anti-Catholic but not only that, he is extremely in love with himself… to the point of being embarrassing.
After getting to know him a little more and being provoked to learn more about anti-Catholicism, I’ve taken a closer look at why I’m Catholic and why others are not - shocking I had not done this before in my 39 years of living. It seems to me that in order to be Catholic, our pride needs to be checked constantly. Honestly, this experience, although frustrating and infuriating at times, has strengthened my faith and caused me to evaluate myself and my faithfulness to the Church. If I’m going to claim to be Catholic, and represent the Catholic Church, then let’s get serious about it. I’ve actually been called a pagen, in so many words, by a so called christian - now what?
A prideful person wants no authority. If Fundamentalism’s, or Protestantism’s claim that we all can arrive at the truth on our own interpretation of the Bible isn’t pride, then what is it? GK Chesterton said that pride is the sin of devils and I couldn’t agree more. I try not to judge another’s heart but I pray daily for my brother-in-law and myself that pride will be removed and we will know and follow the truth.