[quote=PhillyMatt]Just a observation and a question…
As I started to visit Catholic forums on the net, I’ve heard people mention that they experienced “anti-catholicism” and that it’s quite rampant in some places. I’m fortunate to never have experienced this and am wondering where exactly people have these experiences.
I’ve probably never experienced this partly due to where I live, pretty much everyone in the Philadelphia area has always been Catholic, hell, Catholic High School football has it’s own section in the paper! Every where you look, there is another Catholic School! My 500 acre backyard used to be owned by the Catholic Church (they just sold it). Even in the wake of the Philly Sex abuse scandals, there’s still no Anti-ism to be seen! Am I just living in a good area???
Matt, have you ever heard of a "news"paper called The Philadelphia Inquirer? Exhibit A of anti-Catholicism, alive and well in the Philly area.
Listen to the area radio stations, AM & FM. Exhibit B. (Even AM radio hosts who describe themselves as Catholics are guilty of perpetuating some of the most anti-Catholic myths!)
Yes, I would say that you are fortunate to never have experienced anti-Catholicism first-hand. But believe me: the Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has her enemies. Living in the area myself, what I have noticed is that it is easy to insulate myself in the warm, faithful Catholic communities & surround myself with like-minded people. Since it’s rather unpleasant to go wading into anti-Catholic communities/formats, it’s not something I do. But that doesn’t deny their existence. (I can give you more specific examples, if you need them, but I’ll need a little more time than I have right now, and again, it’s rather unpleasant!) :o
Sorry to have to rain on your parade! God bless your optimism!