We need to have the courage to reclaim words that have been abused and misused and not retire them all together, or peopel win victories over us and our faith. If we feel that “medieval” and “dark ages” are somehow anti-Catholic, than we need to confront people who use them as such.
Literally, they are periods of time only. Yes, the Catholic chruch dominated then, but it does not mean that the church should be associated only with that time period and the evils and/or misunderstandings that a few of its members made then. Stand up and say the great things the church did then, as well as not having fear of ankowleding the mistakes that a few men made as men, even though they may have been members of the Church. Men are not perfect. It’s why people need the Church as a whole.
It’s funny how quick societ is to attack the church on the mistakes of a few of its members. Forgive me, but for a while, I found it shameful to be associated with the Church due to the sex abuse scandals. Which was horrible (teh scandal and my reaction) . Don’t get me wrong.
But around that time, I remember reading an article in small print in the back of a newspaper from some where in North Caroina about how some Baptist minister was arrested for offering “relationship therapy” because his “counseling sessions” involved him behvaing inappropriately with members of the opposite sex, to put it mildly. If it were a Catholic priest, it would have been international news. But for some reason no one questioned sexuality as a concept in the Baptist church structure because of this incident, and it made me wonder who reports what and why.