A bit of a rant here, so apologies in advance:
I just don’t understand how so many Catholics don’t take the faith seriously at all. This is a bit un-ecumenical, but I’m using mormonism as a comparison. I’m just going to be blunt and state my opinion based on logic and all available evidence: . There is no archaeological evidence for many of the things claimed in the Book of Mormon. It’s all based on the claims of one man which are mostly unfalsifiable. And the falsifiable parts have mostly been falsified. The logical foundation of it does not exist. Catholicism, on the other hand, has 2000 years of God’s church founded by Jesus Christ himself. Even secular scholars will accept that Saint Peter was the first Pope in Rome. Some of the most brilliant minds in the history of humanity like Augustine and Aquinas dedicated their lives to an intellectual foundation for Catholicism. Catholics are taught to believe that their Church teaches infallibly and has never taught error on the matters of faith and morals. The Church itself is the longest running human institution.
And yet, Mormons are far more devout than Catholics in the United States and Western Europe, and in many ways live more “Catholic” than Catholics do. They are more likely to believe abortion is wrong. They are less likely to use birth control, they have bigger families. They are more likely to attend Church on Sunday, and far more willing to evangelize.
How did this come to be the case? It baffles me. The people following a religion that has very little evidence and is not very difficult to falsify are far more serious about it than people in the Catholic Church are. Again, the Church Christ himself founded, with apostolic succession going back to St. Peter, that has an incredible intellectual foundation built by geniuses like Augustine and Aquinas. And the people who follow this religion basically just don’t care. I just don’t understand it. Why don’t Catholics care?
If any Mormons are reading this, there is no offense meant, and I respect the devout-ness of your faith’s followers. I hope you convert and use that same devoutness in the Catholic Church.