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Scott P. Richert

Do Anti-Catholics Have No Shame?

By March 4, 2013

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Religion writer Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, has famously declared that anti-Catholicism is the "last acceptable prejudice," and given the behavior not just of the blogosphere but of journalists and pundits last week, it is easy to see why. As the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI drew to a close, the tortured logic of reporters looking to sensationalize the story was matched only by the boorishness of commenters on Catholic blogs. The sense of dignity and decency that surrounds the coverage of, say, the departure from office of an American president was absent in far too many people whose parents, presumably, reared them better.

Pope Benedict's pontificate, we were told, was a "failure"—a value judgment the supposedly objective press had no qualms in rendering. One oft-repeated statistic was that the Holy Father was resigning when his "approval rating" was "only" 74 percent. Setting aside the fact that it is as absurd to speak of "approval ratings" for Catholic clerics as it is would be to poll a group of strangers about my performance as a father, I suspect that President Obama would be ecstatic to have such an approval rating, roughly 20 points higher than his is today. And, of course, the media would trumpet such a number as proof of the President's widespread popularity.

We were told that the average Catholic "never connected" with Pope Benedict the way he did with Pope John Paul II. That neither man wanted the average Catholic to connect with him but rather with Christ was, it seems, beside the point. The Church and her leaders must be judged in secular terms, rather than in the spiritual terms that lie at the heart of Her mission.

We were treated to all kinds of speculation concerning the reasons for Pope Benedict's resignation. Even if any of it were true, no one other than Pope Benedict and God would know; but the fact that the Holy Father had been explicit about the reasons for his resignation meant that each bit of speculation that ran counter to his stated reasons was, in essence, a declaration that Pope Benedict is a liar. (In this, sadly, Catholic journalists, pundits, and bloggers were just as guilty as secular ones.) From allegations of a homosexual conspiracy in the Curia to the disgusting suggestion from professional "Catholic" homosexual Andrew Sullivan that Pope Benedict wanted to spend more time with his male secretary, Msgr. Georg Gänswein, the major theme that ran through most of the speculation was sex.

And everyone agreed that Pope Benedict's resignation had, at least in part, been occasioned by the "enormity" of the clerical sexual-abuse scandal, and the Holy Father's "inability" or even "unwillingness" to deal with it. On February 28, the day that Pope Benedict's resignation took effect, CNN linked from every story covering the historic occasion to a piece on their site by Jeff Anderson, the ambulance-chasing lawyer who not only has made tens of millions of dollars suing the Catholic Church on behalf of sexual-abuse victims but has made it clear that he wants to destroy the Catholic Church. It was Anderson who reignited the media frenzy in 2010, when he fed information to New York Times reporter Laurie Goodstein that resulted in a series of stories that helped pave the way for Anderson to sue the Vatican directly. Yet CNN found it perfectly appropriate for such a man to outline the steps that the next pope should take regarding clerical sexual abuse—steps mainly designed not to protect children but to make it easier for Mr. Anderson to continue to stuff his wallet.

Of course, much of the outrage over Catholic clerical sexual abuse has had little to do with protecting potential victims and everything to do with undermining the authority of the Church. That is why, even as Pope Benedict left office, journalists and pundits and blog commenters could declare, with seemingly straight faces, that the Holy Father had been part of the problem and not the chief force behind the solution. That Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger fought, from the mid-1980's, to get control over clerical sexual-abuse cases consolidated in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which he headed at that time) so that he could personally attack what he called the "filth" in the Church makes no difference; nor does the fact that, since John Paul II finally acceded to his request in 2001, the CDF has successfully prosecuted most priests whose cases have been sent to it. Nor does the fact that the Charter for the Protection of Youth, passed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 through the efforts of Cardinal Ratzinger, has resulted in historically low levels of new allegations of clerical sexual abuse in the United States—low single digits every year since 2009.

If those who beat this drum in order to attack the Catholic Church and undermine the authority of Pope Benedict XVI really cared about the victims, they would, instead, applaud the actions that the Holy Father took both before and after his election as pope. Instead of throwing around widely inaccurate numbers—"100,000 children raped by Catholic priests worldwide"; "tens of thousands raped by Catholic priests in the United States"; "hundreds or thousands of new allegations every year in the United States"—they would look at the actual numbers, and join faithful Catholics in thanking Pope Benedict for taking leadership on this issue, even when he faced opposition within John Paul II's Curia for doing so.

But what purpose would that serve? Not the one desired by those who did not have the common decency to stop spreading lies for even a few days about Pope Benedict's "past in the Hitler Youth" and his "rehabilitation of a holocaust denier." While Jewish organizations in Israel joined in thanking Pope Benedict for strengthening relations between Christians and Jews and expressing their hope that his successor would continue Pope Benedict's policies, these anti-Catholics, professional and amateur, let the world know that they know better.

And, in the end, that is the real point of anti-Catholicism today. Because if the specific claim of the Catholic Church is true—that She was founded by Christ, and continues to be guided by the Holy Spirit to preach the Truth to all—then the simple fact is this: None of us knows better than the Catholic Church. And that flies in the face of the "collective wisdom" of the modern age, which declares that the individual is the measure of all things, and that all "opinions" are equally valid—whether thought up by a journalist or an ambulance-chasing lawyer in the shower this morning or revealed by Christ and confirmed by the Holy Spirit over the course of 2,000 years.

Of course, one doesn't need to agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church in order to practice a little common decency, and to hold one's tongue when an event that means nothing to you, but a great deal to faithful Catholics, is taking place. But a lack of common decency, like anti-Catholicism, is one of the defining marks of the modern age.

More on Pope Benedict's Resignation:

Comments
March 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(1) Tom Piatak says:

An excellent piece!

March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(2) Wes Bennett says:

Scott..Thank you for a wonderful article! As a relatively “new” Catholic (confirmed 2006), your articles have been of great help to me. When I read that the popes “approval rating” was only 74%, I had to wonder..”What would Jesus “approval rating” have been the day he began the walk to Golgatha that gave us all hope in a hopeless world?”

The longer I am Catholic the more thankful I am that God gave me the opportunity to be a tiny part of His Holy Church.

March 4, 2013 at 4:43 pm
(3) St Donatus says:

Excellent,
But as we know, the media rarely seems to care about what is really right, just, or true today. Even when they do talk about true issues, they push a resolution that will just make the problem larger. It has been the same for at least 50 years, they pushed no fault divorce, contraceptives (now for 12 year olds without parents assent), same sex marriage, and on and on.

I have to say that one of the reasons I came to believe that the devil exists is the way the media tries to destroy anything Godly. I see people write that there is no media conspiracy. If they are correct and their is no conspiracy, there is only one other explanation as to why every single secular media (except perhaps Fox news), seems to push exactly the same point of view on every front, on every issue, and on every belief. There must be some invisible force that manipulates things in such a way to get this result. There is only one invisible force that has the ability and the desire to get this result and it is the devil.

March 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm
(4) Christina says:

Thank you for this article.

It saddens me to see such hateful & ugly comments about our former pope. In this reality t.v. culture, people are thrilled when others fail. To laugh, point and sensationalize stories is the norm in this day of age.

Never-mind that Pope Benedict is a real human being and deserves to be treated as such but the fact that its OK to bash Catholics along the way is very hurtful.

As always, I will continue pray for folks who find entertainment in such scandals and I will continue to defend my faith. I trust the Holy Spirit will help find the right person to be our next pope. In Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

March 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(5) Scott Urbanowski says:

Well put, Scott.

With Catholicism, as with other things in life, people attack what they don’t know.

It seems that for centuries, there has been a sense of mystery surrounding Catholicism and what the Church teaches and believes. Catholic-bashing is one of the results of that sense of mystery.

One time when I was in college, my Catholic roommate was discussing religion, and his girlfriend (not a Catholic) said that Catholics “worship” Mary in a way that is sacrilegious. That’s not true, of course – as he said, we honor her, but we don’t worship her. Still, she was adamant about what she thought.

If the Church really was what some people say it is, I would have run away from it like a bat out of Hades. Instead, knowing what I know about the Church and our beliefs, I am proud to say that I am Catholic.

(PS: I do have to disagree with you on one thing: If Obama’s approval rating was higher, it’s hard to see how the media would gush about it. During the early days of his presidency, when his ratings were around 70%, they made little mention of anything. Usually it’s only when the President’s approval rating is dropping – Obama in 2009-2010, Bush after Katrina – that they actually mention it.)

March 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(6) Mojisola Ladipo says:

The American Press and to a lesser extent, the British Press, sponsored by those who are frustrated by their personal sexual orientation will not stop at anything to bring the Catholic Church to its knees. More than anything in the world, they want the approval of the Church and like a child who wants attention, they continue to throw tantrums. Notice how they have used the same ploy to bring their Presidents or Political leaders to shame and ridicule. Because the Church holds the world to a standard, those who want a world without standards will continue to chip away at its authority.
Yes, even I, a converted Catholic of over 30 years was heart broken when the scandals about gay and peadophile priests broke out and the silence of the Church made me feel tainted. My personal experience when I moved closer to some of our Priests and Religious in the last five years almost made me to convert to Islam!
However, I look unto Christ, still convinced that I belong to the Church He founded. Let all true Catholics pray our Rosaries more fervently. Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

March 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm
(7) Linda says:

Great article. There’s no checking sources, objective reporting, or integrity.

March 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(8) Kirt Higdon says:

Well put! I also think there is a lot of apocalyptic and end times fervor and speculation in much of the reporting and blogging. The Catholic Church is in crisis and on the verge of collapse (isn’t it always?), St. Malachy says we’re down to the last pope, etc.etc.

March 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm
(9) sue says:

God bless the Church – HIS church and all who are called and blessed to be a member of it’s body!

March 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm
(10) Salvy says:

The one big disadvantage the devil knows he has is that he’s well aware his useful idiots in the media are about the biggest collection of dumb-bells on the face of the earth. We know their side goes down in the end. This level of stupidity will always self -destruct in due time.

March 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm
(11) Fred says:

Thanks Scott!

We need more prayer and less judgment in our world. I pray the rosary everyday. This simple powerful prayer has the power to reshape our world back to the foundation of our Lord’s light, love and truth. Mother Mary made it very clear at Fatima. We’ll have to navigate some dark times but must keep the faith and keep praying.

Thanks again. Peace and God Bless!

March 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm
(12) St Donatus says:

Mojisola Ladipo,

I am sad to hear that you have had some bad experiences with priests. Sad to say, it was two priests whose lack of faith in true Catholicism caused me to leave the Church for 30 years. Thankfully, many of those priests have left and or realized they were wrong. Since my return, I have heard about several priests that have damaged the faith of others. Thankfully, I have yet to meet one of these faithless priests and have had good experiences. The difference for me perhaps is that I go to a Latin mass parish where the priests are fully in support of the teachings of the Church.

Yet, we always must remember that priests are human and as humans, Satan attacks them most ardently since they represent the Church to most people. We all should pray for our priests, that they become more saintly and more devoted to the truth of the Catholic Church. There is a cleansing going on in the Church now. Remember that it was Pope Benedict himself who said that there are wolves both inside and outside the church trying to destroy it. This cleaning will be difficult and could take years to finish, but as Pope Benedict also said that in the future the Church may be much smaller but much closer to God. Pray for our Priests and the Catholic Church every day.

March 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(13) enness says:

“The sense of dignity and decency that surrounds the coverage of, say, the departure from office of an American president was absent in far too many people whose parents, presumably, reared them better.”

Well, I don’t know about that…not from all quarters.

Otherwise, good piece. I actually complained to one outlet that republished Sullivan’s nonsense.

March 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm
(14) RosalindaL says:

No, Anti-Catholics have no common decency, in general. We have been blessed with permission to ask our faithful priests to offer Holy Mass at Planned Parenthood. There are protestants who we love so much, who we appreciate so much for the work that they do to side walk counsel women and men who go for abortions. We don’t agree with their style or tactics, but we understand that God uses all good intentions for HIS good and I have no doubt that they believe what they are doing is right – these people who we love, interrupt our Holy Mass every single time. They put their music on high, they call us idoloters, they start screaming loudly and all right in the middle of the Mass. We don’t agree with them and never disrespect them, but they have no common respect or decency for us. It is so disheartening – however, one of our priests made a good point. We are not only there for the abortionists, the workers or the parents there for an abortion, we are also there for the protestants and if they are moved to protest so aggressively, we must be pricking their concience in some way to aggrevate the devil to divide us! VIVA CRISTO REY!

March 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm
(15) jen says:

BRAVO! Your work is getting better and better with each and every post. I keep learning more and more, weekly, daily and hourly. Thank you and continue your great work.

March 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(16) Harry Hagan says:

What an excellent essay, Scott; thanks! Perfectly stated. ‘can’t add more.

March 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm
(17) Cres says:

Thank you for an excellent article Scott.

What is startling is that this anti-catholic sentiment is especially siezed upon and sloshed about by so called ‘committed christians’, who openly encourage hatred and dissent about the one true church of Christ. And then proceed to preach love! Something is so amiss in that equation.

March 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(18) David Brugge says:

My father always allows himself to get upset when vocal segments of society lash out against the Church and the media gleefully lift it up for all to see.

“Why,” he complains, “is it always the Christians that are portrayed as bad?”

Why indeed (Richard, BTW, you did an excellent article on this very topic)

Bank robber Willy Sutten, when asked why he robbed banks replied, “That’s where the money is.”

If we were to ask Satan (who is really behind all of this anyways) why he picks on the Church above all else, his reply would be, “That’s where the Christians are.”

Satan has no need to pick on the lost, they are already in his fold. But any opportunity, both within the church and without, to cause dissension, discouragement, animosity, or ill-will, and he will be all over it. Sadly, you and I fall victim to his trickery just as easily. We let ourselves be filled with hatred and animosity towards those who attack the Church. There’s no such thing as righteous wrath. Satan wins both ways.

Christ, in His last days on earth warned us about this, but we, just as otherwise better knowing members of the media and some writers of catholic blogs, are weak and fall victim to Satan’s snares.

All of us stand guilty and in need of God’s forgiveness. And I fully accept the sinful part of me that cries out, “Yeah, but they started it!”

More on the subject here:

March 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm
(19) Angie says:

Scott, thank you for the informative article.

March 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm
(20) Neil Allen says:

Anti-Catholic prejudice is accdeptable because the Cahtolic church isn’t God’s church.

God’s church would do What Jesus Would Do, and would NEVER:

- be the richest private institution in a world where 2,000 people die every day of hunger

- rape children (in unprecedented percentages, despite their distorted truths), then lie about it, hide the pedophiles, and bully the victims, all in God’s name

- have a leader like the pope who literally blamed the Cahtolic churchs problems on “God sleeping” instead of his church’s evil decisions

God wants us to be anti-Cahtolic, because the Catholic church isn’t God’s church.

March 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(21) Tonyect says:

What is saddening is that Catholics themselves can be uncharitable with their speculative commentary on the pope’s resignation, never mind it being legal in the first place.

To justify their right to express an opinion, they will cite the heroism of popes of the last 600 years, especially that of JPII, all who died in office.

I totally agree with you Scott that in the final analysis it is between God and him.

If only we were as critical towards ourselves in our lives…but often not! Christ alluded to that hypocrisy in Luke 6:41 and Matt 7:43.

God have mercy on us all.

March 5, 2013 at 2:03 am
(22) Grandmama 16 says:

Good article. I love our Pope Emeritis Benedict and to see him and our Holy Church so maligned breaks my heart. I just finished reading ‘The truth behind the Pope’s resignation ‘ on another ‘conservative’ web site and was so disgusted. Where are people’s brains? Problems are all over the world but no one gets blasted more than Holy Mother Church. Even so, we know in the end WE win. Thank you for a wonderful web site.
Mom of 7….grandma of more than 16

March 5, 2013 at 2:35 am
(23) Sebastian Kochukudy says:

an excellent piece. the so-called secular anti-catholic media burns extra oil the world over to prick on the Catholic Church because the Church and the Pope stands for the truth unpalatable to them. we have to counter them with strong faith and devout prayers. unfortunately the luke-warm Catholics may fall prey to the scandalous media reports. let us pray for them also.

March 5, 2013 at 3:24 am
(24) CYRUS MAZAI says:

THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE, THE MEDIA IS JUST TRYING TO MAKE
MORE MONEY OUT OF FALSEWOOD, ONLY THE TRUTH SHALL RULE
OVER evil.

March 5, 2013 at 6:02 am
(25) Shannon says:

Thank you Scott, I couldn’t have said it better myself. The fundamentalist Christians (mainly of the Baptist persuasion) are always harping on about how ‘the end is nigh’ because Christians are seeing the persecution that the book of Revelations speaks about. I always nod and say “try being Catholic. We’ve been persecuted for centuries.”

March 5, 2013 at 7:03 am
(26) Thomas Mola says:

Thank you Scott for once again keeping us informed of the Truth! Jesus told us time & again, that if the world hated Him, it would surely “Hate us”. We as a “Church” will rise above this challange & proceed w a much stronger conviction. God Bless our Former “Holy Father”. One only has to read his writeings to see through this Sham.

March 5, 2013 at 8:49 am
(27) Rick says:

Scott,

Where is the catholic response to the attacks? I have yet to find a crediblecatholic refute of the accusations. Yet day after day, more information is revealed which bolsters the opposition’s statements. Now we hear the Pope knew of Cardinal O”Brien’s problems when initially they denied it. How am I, a church going catholic, supposed to know that this filth has been eliminated from the upper reaches of the Vatican and the entire church??

March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am
(28) Scott P. Richert says:

Rick, you’ll need to be a little more specific. Which attacks? Which accusations? Which statements by the opposition?

For instance, if you’re speaking of the La Republicca story and all the hundreds of pieces that flowed from it, I’ve dealt with that here: The Pope Resigns: The Rest of the Story? If you’re speaking of clerical sexual abuse in general, I’ve written a lot about that; you can search for the pieces using the search box in the upper right corner of this site.

As for your claim about the Pope knowing about Cardinal O’Brien, where have you read this? I’ve seen no news story claiming it, even after reading your comment and searching Google News.

March 5, 2013 at 9:32 am
(29) Patti.RCIA says:

Great article Scott.

Neil Allen:

The Catholic Church doesn’t will anyone to die or be injured, we are Pro-Life, ALL Life. The majority of the Catholic Churches monetary riches lay primarily in her artwork and buildings; our real riches lie in the hearts and minds of each individual who, holding onto the truth of the faith, teaches and professes Jesus Christ as true savior of the world. We are all the hands and feet of Christ, so if you feel guilty about people dying every day of hunger then maybe YOU should do something about it – I do what little I can by donating money.

As for the sexual abuse, I’ll use Phillip Jenkins’ quote on sexual abuse for insurance reasons as an example. “9.6% of public school students are sexually molested by teachers, coaches or staff members every year – that’s 290,000 from 1990-2000. Only 11,000 people came forward in 2004 to say they were abused by a priest over the last century. In addition, Catholic, celibate, priests have a lower incident than other denominations of sexual abuse.” And as Scott pointed out in this very article there are now very “low levels of new allegations of clerical sexual abuse in the United States—low single digits every year since 2009.” Unfortunately, I know the secular world can’t say the same.

Remember that Satan says, “When we pretend they are perfect and put them upon a pedestal, then they will fall all the harder when we point out even a minor inequity.” Pope Emeritus (Benedict 16) says, “I am just a man.” and “To God be the glory.”

March 5, 2013 at 9:33 am
(30) Bob says:

Another great piece Scott…thanks! I am also a recently converted Catholic (confirmed January 2013). I appreciate your insight and defense of a wonderful Pope. I have been disgusted with the ways of the main stream media for so long, nothing surprsies me anymore. Our society has been on the slippery sloap of inmorality for far too long and it seems to get worse every day. I thank the Catholic Church for helping me realize what is truly important every single day. I pray for our country and for all who do not see! Thank you Jesus for your great Love, Mercy, and Grace!

March 5, 2013 at 9:33 am
(31) Patti.RCIA says:

Neil:

Also, I have a question for you, you don’t have to answer it here but please consider it in your heart: “Has there never been a time in your life when you felt that God was sleeping?” and if so, do you believe it was due to your evil decisions? For myself, I have found that when I am closet to God that is often when it feels that He is sleeping, for Christ came to heal the sick, not the righteous.

So, for today and always I will strive to “Do the right thing and don’t pretend like you don’t know what that is!”

March 5, 2013 at 10:59 am
(32) Mary says:

A wonderful article, Scott. People who write vile things about the Catholic Church come from a place of 1) ignorance and 2) have a self-serving agenda. I believe that much of the ranker comes from liberals and in particular homosexual activists. The Catholic Church is 1 billion strong and, of course, the Church will be attacked because she has refused to accept what liberals and homosexuals want. We live in a time of moral relativism and the problems the Church has encountered can also be blamed on those who, within the church, were disobedient. If there truly is a homosexual underground in the Vatican it must be eliminated. Pope Benedict has been a phenomenal Pope in so many ways and I hope that he is at peace with himself.

March 5, 2013 at 11:15 am
(33) Sharon says:

BOOM! Well said!

March 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(34) Jeanne Marie says:

Am I surprised? No Am I sad? Yes I am sad at the ‘elementary’ attempt at Journalism. The fact that ‘truth’ in any story is only second to sensationalism. Here again is the $$ factor

March 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm
(35) Denzil Martins, Goa, India says:

An excellent piece of writing Scott. Keep up the good work! I enjoy reading your blog. God Bless you.

March 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(36) Monica says:

Dear Patti.RCIA

Thank you, Patti, for your response to Neil’s comment. It is very difficult to avoid angry responses to painful allegations. You did a good job. Further, God’s house should be the most beautiful, the Old Testament speaks of that clearly. I take comfort at times in the fact that the Catholic church has always been the target (of satan), it’s a sure sign that She is the true church, after all, look at the target our Lord Jesus was
(and still is). satan is to blame for everything, if we could all just recognize him and his relentless artillery of every form…
same shtuff ,different century.
If the final outcome wasn’t to be pleasing to our Creator, would He have created? I believe not. No matter how bad things get, we are fighting satan, not eachother. Endeavor to persevere, the time is at hand.
Peace of Christ!

March 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(37) Ralph Iyambo says:

By this wonderfully articulate piece, you have hit the nail on the head. it surprises me that any adult would speak of public rating of a pope, as if we can read the mind of God or even assume that God sees the way humans see. Thank you, Scott, for this piece, it can’t be better written!

March 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(38) Susan Happell says:

Great piece. I, too, am so tired at the disrespect and constant bashing of the Catholic faith and Christians in general. The most ironic part of the bashing process is that all of those who virtually hate Christians and all they stand for, have the audacity and irony to expect and demand tolerance of ‘their’ beliefs. We are supposed to sit back and accept gay and lesbian lifestyles, displays of violence and sexual perversion, and practice sympathy for terrorists and pedophiles— just to name a few, but believing in Jesus is the crime? No thanks. I will continue to practice my Catholic beliefs and the rest be damned (literally and figuratively).
Kudos to you Scott.

March 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm
(39) Jane D says:

Just want to add that in watching the actual leaving of Pope Emeritus Benedict from the Vatican, Fox News was very respectful and somewhat in awe of the whole day for which I was very impressed. In checking the other stations here and there during that day, it seemed that there was a certain amount of respect also.

March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(40) John Anthony Crowe says:

What a wonderful article. It says everything I have felt for a long time but didn’t have the talent to write. May God bless you.

March 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm
(41) Randall Allen says:

Excellent article. Thank you so very much from a newbie Catholic (Easter Vigil 2012).

March 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm
(42) sasha says:

(Response to comment 20) A catholic respects all religions. To say that anti-catholic prejudice is acceptable because it is your belief that it is not Gods’ church is scary . Is it safe to say that you do not believe that Islam or Judaism is not true church of God? Therefore, according to your statement, is anti- semitism and anti- islamic prejudice acceptable? Sounds a little 1939 to me… You are entitled to your beliefs, but to advocate religious prejudice of any kind in this day and age is backward and downright disturbing… God bless

March 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(43) Salvy says:

The guy on 20 is typical of a dumbed down society who cares nothing about real truth, facts or reason and sounds like your typical angry hateful bigot..

March 6, 2013 at 11:24 am
(44) Daniel Akumba says:

Scott, your piece is great! love it. @ Susan Happell you literally spoke my mind, I completely agree with you especially the second to the last sentence! As catholics we must know that we make the devil himself and his agents tremble, that is why all the attacks, but fear not CHRIST IS IN CONTROL and we shall ALWAYS prevail.
However, we must as a church do all we can to discourage sin!

March 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(45) Bruce says:

Scott, the following post by Prof. Bruce Charlton titled “why is the mass media instrinsically anti-good” may be of interest to you.

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2013/03/why-is-mass-media-intrinsically-anti.html

March 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm
(46) SJ says:

Religion is a joke and so is your article

Child abuse covered up by the divine is so sick that that it defies logic

March 7, 2013 at 6:14 am
(47) Gabriel Lewis says:

Scott , thank you for the great article and being such a good defender of the Catholic faith , I am so proud of being a catholic

March 7, 2013 at 11:50 am
(48) Salvy says:

SJ nobody really wants to respond to you because they figure and figure right that it’s a waste of their time. If you can’t or refuse to honestly discern or acknowledge between all the good the church does and not just the evil and stupid stuff that’s happened, then you’re the joke and everyone here knows it.

March 9, 2013 at 2:38 am
(49) Fredrick says:

The Church can never fail. The mission of the papacy can never be fruitless. God’s Word never returns without serving it’s purpose. A Christian looks at the world through the revelation of God. A non believer is still blinded. The two can’t have equal perceptions. A non-believer cant know the truth about the Church of Christ until God reveals it to him. Let’s pray for the non believers.

March 9, 2013 at 8:34 am
(50) Ken says:

Wes Bennett says: ”What would Jesus “approval rating” have been the day he began the walk to Golgatha that gave us all hope in a hopeless world?”

Excellent point…and equally excellent article!

March 9, 2013 at 8:36 am
(51) Mr BILL says:

I hate to say it but … NO SHAME!

March 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(52) Peter says:

With great power comes great responsibility. The Catholic church is the single largest, wealthiest and most influential entity in the Christian World. If our priests are pedophiles, then they must be arrested and tried. It is not a clerical matter. It is a legal matter. A secular matter. If we believe our hierarchy is in any way anointed by God then our hierarchy is the more profoundly morally obligated to report and/or punish this abuse. If we tell the poor that they cannot use birth control, then we are morally obligated to keep them fed and keep them healthy as their numbers grow. If we are, as the author says, victims of the ‘last acceptable prejudice’ perhaps we should consider whether it is prejudice at all. Perhaps the protestants you are referring to simply do not understand why their fellow Catholic citizens do not see anything un-Christian in allowing the church they are funding to break both the law of the country and the moral human law that says we do not allow our children to be raped without being brought to justice.

March 10, 2013 at 4:44 am
(53) David Wilson says:

Since the 1930′s the Church has been infiltrated by the Zionists and their Shabbat Goyim. The Mission of Destruction began in 6th century B.C. (not B.C.E.) when the Levites began writing the Torah. 2 centuries later, they pressured Cyrus of Persia into conquering Babylon and escorting the “exiled” Hebrews back to Judea, where the petty Palestinian tribe of Judah (earlier disowned by the Israelites) produced a racial creed, the adverse effects of which, on subsequent human affairs has exceeded explosives and epidemics. This is when the theory of the master race was set up as the Law.(Torah) (after 80 A.D. the Pharisees began composing the Talmud, which rules Europe and America, today.) “It is the solemn duty of every Jew to inflict his wrath on the Goyim.
“Hear O Israel, you are to cross the Jordan, enter in and dispossess
nations greater and stronger than yourselves”- Deuteronomy 9:1. “…to exert irresistible pressure on the international politics of the present” —-Zionist Leon Pinsker, 1903. Like the Levites pressured King Cyrus, the Pharisees pressured Pontius Pilate; the Talmud rabbis pressured every ruler in Europe, to the Zionists (Weissman, Baruch) pressured PM Lloyd George into giving them (Balfour Declaration)_Palestine, in exchange for pressuring USA to enter (and win) WW I– to Einstein pressuring Harry Truman into rejecting Japan’s offer of surrender, so he could finish testing the A-Bomb. Every U.S. president since Woodrow Wilson to ‘John F. Kennedy (our Catholic president) has been controlled by the Zionissts.

March 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm
(54) Peter says:

I am confused about the point you are making and how it applies to this particular time (a pope has resigned, a new pope has not been appointed) in history.

March 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm
(55) Purple Lemming says:

As an Orthodox Christian, I consider Pope Benedict’s episcopacy to be a failure because he didn’t convert to Orthodoxy and return the bishopric of Rome to the commonwealth of Churches. :P

But seriously, my heartfelt appreciation goes out to Catholicism for protecting the Orthodox Church by way of unwittingly distracting slanderers from noticing our existence.

March 16, 2013 at 12:34 am
(56) Nomis says:

The media spreads rumours ,manipulates facts ,muddies the water and generally needs to be taken with a large pinch of salt. On the flip side it also is the first to dig up things that are not spoken about and would have otherwise been swept under the carpet. This double edged sword is very important in this ever changing life of smoke and mirrors. Sifting through the wheat and the chaff is the challenge to attain a balanced point of view.

May 24, 2013 at 8:57 am
(57) Anonymous says:

The fact that they never connected with Pope Benedict could be due to the fact that he is personally responsible for the death of thousands of HIV victims in Africa. He spread the lie that Condoms actually INCREASED ones chances of contracting the HIV virus. It was not enough for him to discourage the use of condoms but in fact to lie about them. He also tried to cover up the various incidents of child abuse across the globe. And all this from a man who is supposed to be infallible?
I am aware that this comment will be deleted almost instantaneously due to the fact that Catholics love to cover up their corruption so please I urge anybody who manages to read this comment to support the fact that the Catholic church is the most disgustingly immoral institution in the known world!

October 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm
(58) Derek says:

Where are these “prosecuted” priests by the way? We have yet to hear a single pedophile priest sent to prison. Why are they promoted during their tenure instead of being stripped of their frock?
You are just reluctant to admit that indeed, those very priests that should protect the flock are the wolves themselves and nothing a Pope can do but to bow down to the gay lobbyists. Isnt it Pope Francis already admitted the existence of such gay lobbyists.
I wonder why that lawyer who enriched himself by suing the priests is not dead yet? Had he lived in 1600 I bet he is dead by now.

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