Tons of people are against the church or make derogatory comments towards our faith and they seem to fall into 2 categories: (A) ones who 'know' and (B) ones who don't 'know'.

Category A is full of people who went to Catholic school for years and perhaps felt oppressed by the faith. Because they went through the motion and studied the obligatory textbooks for class, they have a brief outline of what the faith is... what its supposed to be. They have strong opinions about what is right or wrong with the faith and can make comments like "There are no saints anymore because everyone's on medication (Joy Behar)" and say, "Well, I was Catholic, I can say that." Wait, so you're putting down something you loved? Oh, no, you're no longer Catholic... so your words are full of spite? Got it. "I was Catholic, I know. "

I want to ask them, have you read the Diary of Sr. Faustina? What did you think of Scott Hahn's works? Have you ever had to justify John 6 to your protestant brethren? How often were you able to receive Eucharist when you got out into the non-school world? Catholic school is the TIP of the iceberg. A few years ago, though we were practicing NFP and doing weekly mass, I thought because I had catholic schooling that I knew what the faith was. As I continue scripture studies and read on theological topics, I realize that I'm not even close, even now when I'm striving. So much to learn... and people don't even try but still think they 'know' because they went through the motions. It seems very presumptuous.

Category B are the people who don't know. They know people who were Catholic and cite the non-practicing friends of examples of how Catholics can use birth control or watch porn. They cite the Catholics who practice as people they disagree with anyways, stuck in the past, oppressed by an old white guy. They don't even have the basics, having been versed in 'all faiths,' by reading texts that are anti-Catholic to begin with. They lean towards the bad points away from the good because to agree with a specific teaching could mean that - heaven forbid their pride is hurt - they're not doing what makes natural sense.

Yes, once baptized, always Catholic unless you're excommunicated. But please, don't lead others on.  Not only is it uneducated from a non-religious point of view, its also wrong from a spiritual one, as everyone is going to be accountable for their actions when they die.  Maybe preface it with, well, when I was CAtholic I learned this but never really got into it.... thats at least telling the whole truth.   Do you want to be held accountable for giving someone incorrect anecdotal information when you had the resources to give them factual stuff and just didn't take the time?   

I'm just sayin, is all.

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joani...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Personally I pass on what I have learned and how I apply it to my life.    12 years of Catholic school, Mass 6 days a week and COMPARATIVE RELIGION (theology)  EVERY school day....I am still no expert, but what I am proud of learning is spirituality, tolerance and LOVE.  The one thing that stands out in my mind from my experience is the concept of love and tolerance was stressed over anything else. 

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Kraft...
Jul. 3, 2008 at 11:44 AM I agree with what you've said. I get so annoyed with people who speak out of a part of their body that has no business talking. lol :-D Like my sweet husband says.... "everyone's Catholic.. they just don't know it yet." lol (he's a convert) That goes for all of those people who are speaking out of ignorance. My ex husband is one of those babptized Catholics who never even recieved his First Communion BUT because he was baptized Catholic... he KNOWS what he's talking about... :-P Yeah whatever... all he and others are doing is passing along their ignorance. That, in my opinion is why we need to continually educate ourselves on our faith so that we may spread the correct information along to our fellow Catholics... even the ones who don't know they are yet ;-)

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candl...
Jul. 9, 2008 at 7:53 AM Good post, excellently put.

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feist...
Jul. 10, 2008 at 3:44 PM Thank you figlet!!! This was exactly how I have been feeling and am so happy you finally put it into words. I just don't understand how it is so mean, awful, evil, etc...to put down any other faith religion and or now religion, but you can kick the Catholics in the pants all you want and it is perfectly exceptable. Thanks again!!!

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