I’ve always been super uncomfortable with people criticizing “The Church.” It sends me into defense mode. Maybe it’s just a matter of rhetoric, but it matters. If someone criticized me or even just vaguely all Catholics I wouldn’t feel this defensiveness that I do when they try to point out “the problem with The Church” or “the Church fails at.”
So what do you think causes Catholics to be comfortable talking like that? Is it a personality type? Is it pride? People who think very highly of themselves but see fault all around them.
Is it just a difference in understanding the term? The Church is the Bride of Christ to me, maybe it is describing the body of believers to them?
Is it cultural? We are exposed to so much of this type of journalism that nothing is sacred?
Is it personal hurt over something? I totally understand if they have been victims of abuse or if the discussion is related to that.
So on subjects that are not the abuse scandal, where does this comfort criticizing the Church rather than its people, rather than the actions of it’s people come from?
Final note: I don’t mean CAF specifically or even the internet, I hear this in real life too from faithful Catholics. I understand that on here we have a very wide range of people with different faiths and at different stages of their journey. This isn’t an angry rant. I’m trying to understand. Next time someone does it in real life I’ll gently inquire further.