It’s been going on for years. Millennia, actually. Except now, more often than not Catholic are insulted and ridiculed instead of being drawn and quartered or lit on fire. Still, as a frustrated Catholic here, I have to ask why in the heck people hate us so much!
Reason 1: The Priest Scandals-
Yeah, we get a LOT of flack for this. Maybe because people used to think that a priest was the safest person to be around, and then a small number of evil men infiltrated the seminaries. Even though the bulk of this happened a great many years ago, and was very much due to the sexual revolution and the new idea that people should be able to have sex with whatever they want whenever they want (which the people who get after us the most still champion) we still get bothered for it. Very recently, I saw a crude cartoon about the pope on one of my favorite humor sites! What people really need to realize is that you are far more likely to be abused by a teacher than any religious leader. Heck, in the past two years, we have had at least 6 (that I know of) cases of sexual abuse by teachers in this district alone. Wanna guess how many cases of clerical abuse? Nada. Priests are good people, some of the best. Our pastor, Fr. Mark, is outgoing, handsome, and fiercely devoted to Jesus. And… he loves people, old, young. He’s a good man, along with 99.9999999999% of all other priests.
It’s a fun word. It means that us Catholics believe that the bread and wine at mass really becomes the body and blood of Jesus. We even have the bible verses to prove it! John 6 begins with Jesus feeding the Five Thousand and walking on water. It ends with him saying that He is the bread of life, and whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood will live in Him and He in them. Now, if he can do the HUGE miracles of walking on water and making five loaves of bread feed the population of Savannah, Missouri, not including women and children, and then walk on water, why the heck shouldn’t we believe that He has the power to change bread into His body? And for those who think he was just speaking a metaphor, many of His followers leave him after this in disgust, but does he run after them to say he was just being metaphorical? No. He lets them leave and continues to talk to the people who stayed! And then, at the last Supper, He says “This is My Body! This Is My Blood!” Why is it we choose to listen to His statements about love and forgiveness, but choose to ignore the statements about the Eucharist?
3: They don’t read the bible
Dudes, please. We COMPILED the bible. You butchered it. You took out Judith and Maccabees and several verses of the Gospels. WE still have the entire bible in it’s glory, the exact way that the Holy Spirit led us to put it together over 1500 years ago. Yeah, you say, The Holy Spirit my foot. That’s just you Catholic types trying to only present the version of the bible you want the world to see. But, my friends, it was the Holy Spirit that inspired Paul, Ezekiel, Moses, and St. John to write the stories they did, and obviously if He led them to write these things, He wanted them seen. So He led a council of bishops over several years to put together the bible as we know it out of thousands of books and letters, a great many of them fakes or irrelevant. Then, after 1000 years, a rebel monk decided to get uppity and take out some bits of theology he didn’t much like, and BOOM, the firestorm started. Now we have a few hundred versions of the bible. But who has the original? Yeah. That’s right. US. And we do read it, we just can’t quote from memory every little inane bit of twaddle from the Good Book.
Hopefully I have managed to explain myself here. Love to all!