[quote=davidarlette]In relation to another thread “Why do people hate us (Catholics) so much?”
Because we are persecuted. Specifically, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice. It is perfectly acceptable to sneer at the Church where similar comments lodged against any other religious or cultural group would meet with animated opposition in ‘civilized’ society.
In any given day, folks will come up to me or Catholics whom I know and instruct us as to what the Church teaches. Are those folks Catholic? Sometimes no, sometimes in name only. Is what they are saying correct? Almost never.
The media takes huge liberties by misrepresenting Church teaching, nodding and winking about the Inquisition or the Crusades as if they had done any research on those periods (they haven’t).
Frequently folks come up to me or other Catholics whom I know and start bellowing at the top of their lungs strange and unfounded accusations about the Church.
Frequently folks start in on the Pope as if they had read anything the Pope has written (they haven’t). They just assume that everyone thinks the Pope to be God’s Rottweiler. (I don’t mean to offend HH, only to report.)
A few years ago a neighbourhood board of directors made obtuse remarks against the Church and then promptly banned the display of religious symbols. To that end a board member removed all but one World Youth Day Choir poster off all the neighbourhood bulletin boards and tore the image of El Greco’s crucifixion into shreds. Another person held up the remaining poster at a public meeting and ridiculed it. The banning of religious symbols btw is against our Constitution.
Last Christmas a prominent judge banned the Christmas tree from the court building.
There is a long list actually.
[quote=davidarlette] I would like to ask why Catholics seem to have a bit of a persecution complex.
Oh we don’t have a persecution complex. I think we count ourselves blessed to not treasure ignorance and hate propaganda.
[quote=davidarlette]Some Baptist wrote an anti-Catholic website. So???
So I guess we should just keep silent and not embarrass anyone by shedding light on error? Is that it?
[quote=davidarlette]When I asked a priest what Catholics thought of other denominations attacking Catholicism, his response was, “Well we are so big, that we just tend not to worry what these other smaller churches think of us. We view them with kindness as brothers, but we certainaly don’t feel threatened in any way.”
Does Karl Keating feel this way?
[quote=davidarlette]Maybe it would encourage my Catholic brothers and sisters to keep in mind the size of our Church, and that there is no real threat to Her.
Of course there is no threat to the Church Herself. But to the national churches? Keeping silent and not embarrassing anyone by shedding light on error is a sure way to defend our national churches? Um… I dont think so.
If we were meant to keep silent, then why does our Pope, our bishops, priests, and nuns speak out? Why do we have organizations such as CAF, the Catholic League, the Catholic Civil Rights League?