I too have experienced the bias against Catholics by many Protestants. As I go about my business day I spend quite a bit of time at the customer’s site and develop a rapport with the customer. When the discussion turns to family, and they find out that I have 7 children is when the questions start. They always and I mean always ask, “So you must be Catholic” and I always reply, “Even worse, I’m a practicing Catholic. I know the teachings of my faith”. They then will ask “why do you have so many kids?” and I reply “because my wife and I agreed to accept children lovingly from God”. They then try to lighten the mood by asking “do you know what causes that” and my reply is “Yea, we have T.V. now so it should slow down.” Would it be the same when I talk with someone that is divorced, should I ask them if they are protestant?
We Catholics give our religion a bad name by not knowing how to defend it from the slightest attack. We need to become more knowledgeable of the precepts of our faith and where our traditions are scripturally founded and sound. I have spent the last several years perusing and participating in apologetics websites and have learned so much about my faith, not just Catholic sites but protestant as well, it is a great way to develop an understanding about that is being said and assumed about our faith. When I reply to a question about any of the mysteries of the faith I always include catechism and biblical references. I have been in so many discussions defending my faith that I rarely have difficulty discussing protestant issues about Catholicism because I have already researched and rebuked the issue in a forum.
We need to have a better understanding of our faith, we need to know scriptural references on what we believe, and we need to defend ourselves from these attacks.
Luke 22:36 He said to them, "But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one.
**** “Too many men are interested in looking holy instead of being holy” - St. Gregory the Great****
I am not the enemy, I am Christian, I am Catholic.