American Anti-Catholicism

I read with great interest George Marlin’s piece on The Catholic Thing titled American Anti-Catholicism.  He takes the reader through the history of anti-Catholic feeling in this country with examples from the 1840’s to the present time.  He says today’s anti-Catholics are “smug secularists who want radical autonomy – and therefore frown upon Catholic values and despise authority.”  I think there is truth to what he is saying.  What do you think?  Please read the full article and help us answer these important questions:

Have you personally experienced anti-Catholicism?  How did you deal with it?

Do you feel the attacks from secularists are motivated by hatred towards the Church’s unwillingness to conform to the modernist’s views on abortion, same-sex marriage, divorce, etc.?

Other thoughts?

American Anti-Catholicism

By George Marlin

During Lent and Easter this year, America’s anti-Catholics were out in force spreading misinformation and distortions in the hopes of toppling the pope and crippling the hierarchy of the Church.

The assailants – the usual suspects led by the New York Times – would have people believe that the sex-abuse scandals are widening. This is false.

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  1. Wow. Very good article. As the only Catholic in a family that boasts quite a few intellectuals, as well as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, I could probably write a book about how it feels to be treated differently because of one’s religion. There are some things I just don’t discuss with my family, the most important being the call to evangilism and the company I co-founded to establish a Catholic radio station in Atlanta.

    I think what makes it so easy for highly intelligent people who live a mostly secular lifestyle to feel okay about dismissing the unchanging moral values of Catholicism is the laughter of “superiority”. I see the cartoons making fun of Catholic beliefs; I hear the laughter at movies such as Dogma. It’s that feeling of elitism, the belief that “no one should tell me how to live”. What they don’t realize is that the relativistic belief that all morals are questionable under certain circumstances (situation ethics) is itself a dogma. The moral values of Catholicism offer freedom, not restriction. The Sacraments are life affirming, love-building.

    What I must do is allow the image of Christ to be protrayed in my life. Because if my Catholic faith didn’t make a difference in the way I live my life, it was futile. But it did make a HUGE difference. It has transformed my life, it has enlarged my heart, and it has motivated me to make the sacrifices necessary to move ever closer to the God who created me.

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