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9 Reasons to Hate Catholics

Webster Bull (who has the awesomest name ever) lists nine reasons why you might hate Catholics

Philip Jenkins’s 2004 book The New Anti-Catholicism continues to rattle around inside me. In it the author distinguishes between opposing the Catholic Church as an institution (anti-clericalism) and opposing, distrusting, even hating Catholic people themselves (anti-Catholicism). At first, it was hard for me to imagine that people would hate me for just being Catholic. But the more I thought about it, the more reasons I came up with
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Joseph D'Hippolito said...

I'm glad somebody defined the difference between "anti-clerical" and "anti-Catholic." Too many Catholic apologists confuse the former for the latter, when they're not necessarily the same.

The rest of Jenkins' apologia, however, reflects the combination of victimization and cultural arrogance that turns many off (cf, Bill Donahue). Jenkins refuses to address the possibility that the Church not only has made egregious mistakes (such as tolerating clerical sex abuse for at least a millennium and relying on political influence to propagate its message) but, in the case of the hierarchy, has effectively abandoned the fundamentals of the faith.

Why are so many Latin American nations anti-clerical? Why do Italy and, now, Ireland, have anti-clerical elements? Because the hierarchy has sacrificed its spiritual patrimony for wealth, prestige, power, worldly influence and intellectual fashion. It's not a new phenomenon, nor is it confined to Catholicism; read Ezekiel 34 to find out how religious leaders often satiate their own appetites at the expense of the faithful they've been charged to serve.

Of course, secular liberals always will hold religion in contempt, since they view it as "backward." But the Church has done all too effective a job of alienating its own members, and for far too long.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Two more points about "following orders"

1. Outside of the military, a lot depends on who is giving the orders, and for what reason. If bishops -- and even popes -- issue instruction that contradicts the basics of Christian faith or even ethics, the faithful Christian not only has the right but the duty to disobey.

Which brings me to....

2. Since JPII, the Church has embraced an abolitionist stance toward capital punishment, a stance that contradicts both Scripture (Genesis 9: 5-6) and Tradition (Augustine and Aquinas, for starters). JPII actively campaigned against capital punishment for murderers, and Benedict continues that advocacy. They (and you) can quote the CCC all they (and you) want, but their actions speak louder than words.

When the Church becomes no better than the Ministry of Truth in Orwell's "1984" -- as it has become on this fundamental moral issue -- it is effectively apostate.

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