[quote="manualman, post:9, topic:252304"]
The answer is clear once you've developed a sense of history and culture. In recent generations, we like to think we are totally independent and unconnected with the things of the past. It is truer than it used to be, but change is slower than most folks think.
The very English language is, in many ways, hostile to a catholic mode of thinking. The entire thrust of English speaking history is STRONGLY influenced (still today) by anti-catholic prejudice. Words like indulgence, magisterial, church (and many others that don't spring to the front of my leaky mind) have inappropriate definitions in English largely due to misunderstandings or disagreemens Anglos have had with catholicism over the centuries. Once I started to comprehend this, I realized how valuable it is for the church to retain her own sacred language (Latin).
The remaining hostility in this country towards catholicism may be largely based on an explicit conflict of values, but it is fertilized by an underlying legacy in the culture.
Interesting post. The workd inquisition inter alia could be added to your list.
You point to two discrete problems.
1 The Black Legend
2. Kulturkamph especially abortion.
Essentially both Protestants and secularists ahve ingrained anti catholic views. Much of the loathing of Michelle Bachmann is anti Catholic