What’s So Great About Catholicism?

With its divine foundation, sanction, and mission, nothing could be more glorious than the Catholic Church. But, of course, many people — even many baptized Catholics — don’t see it that way.

Yet when the sins of men — secular material progress, or our own self-centeredness — blind us to this, they blind us to everything. The Renaissance, a great Catholic moment, enlightened the world by seeing it afresh with both the light of faith and the light of classical civilization, which was Catholicism’s seedbed. So, too, today, if we look on the world through truly Catholic eyes, we will find that the fog lifts, our perspectives grow deeper, and beauty and truth beckon above the puerility of mass popular culture.

What’s so great about Catholicism? Here are ten things –in countdown order — to which one could easily add hundreds of others.

 

10. Hope

Classical paganism, as we know, always ended in despair — a noble despair sometimes, but despair nevertheless. Eastern religions don’t offer much in the way of hope, as they are tied to doctrines of fate, cycles of history, and a nirvana of extinction. Reformation Protestantism is pretty despairing, too, with Calvin’s belief that it would have been better for most people if they had never been born, predestined as they are for damnation. Secularism and materialism are no better, as wealthy secular societies tend to have the highest rates of suicide.

But in the Catholic Church, there is hope. Salvation is open to every man willing to take it. And though Jesus warned His apostles that following His way meant enduring inevitable persecution and hatred, He also gave them this promise: The gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. Even outsiders recognize this. Who ever heard of a deathbed conversion to Methodism? Hope comes from the Real Thing.

 

9. The Inquisition

The Inquisition? Yes, let’s not be shy. The Inquisition is every Catholic-basher’s favorite tool of abuse — though it is one that is very much not in the basher’s favor. There were several Inquisitions. The first in order of importance in Catholic history was the Inquisition against the Albigensians — a heresy that encouraged suicide, euthanasia, abortion, sodomy, fornication, and other modern ideas that were distasteful to the medieval mind. The struggle against the Albigensians erupted into war — and a war that could not be carefully trammeled within crusading boundaries. So Pope Gregory IX entrusted the final excision of the Albigensian heresy to the scalpel of the Inquisition rather than the sword of the Crusader.

Did this Inquisition of the 13th century strike fear into the people of western Europe? No. Its scope was limited; its trials and punishments more lenient to the accused than were those of its secular counterparts. Inquisitional punishment was often no more than the sort of penance — charity, pilgrimage, mortification — that one might be given by a priest in a confessional. If one were fortunate enough to live in England, northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, or, with the exception of Aragon, even, at this time, Spain, the risk that one might be called before an inquisitional trial was virtually zero. The focus of the Inquisition was in the Albigensian districts of southern France; in Germany, where some of the worst abuses occurred; and in those parts of chaotic Italy rife with anticlerical heresy. In all cases, inquisitional courts sat only where Church and state agreed that peace and security were threatened. Nevertheless, the courts were abused. The Church could not modify an ironclad rule of life as true in the 13th century as it is today: Every recourse to law and the courts is a calamity. But the Church then, and people today, seemed to assume it is better than vigilantes and war. There’s no accounting for some tastes.

More famous, certainly, is the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was a state-run affair, where the Church’ role was to act as a brake of responsibility, fairness, and justice on the royal court’s ferreting out of quislings (who were defined, after centuries of war against the Muslims, as those who were not sincere and orthodox Catholics). Recent scholarship, which has actually examined the meticulous records kept by the Spanish Inquisition, has proven — to take the title of a BBC documentary on the subject –The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition. We now know, beyond all doubt, that the Monty Python sketch of inquisitors holding an old lady in “the comfy chair” while they tickle her with feather dusters is closer to the truth than images of people impaled within iron maidens. (One of the standard works of scholarship is Henry Kamen’s The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, Yale University Press.) In the course of an average year, the number of executions ordered by the Spanish Inquisition — which covered not only Spain but its vast overseas empire — was less than the number of people put to death annually by the state of Texas. And this at a time when heresy was universally considered a capital crime in Europe. The myth of the Spanish Inquisition comes from forged documents, propagandizing Protestant polemicists, and anti-Spanish Catholics, who were numerous. The fact is, far from being the bloodthirsty tribunals of myth, the courts of the Spanish Inquisition were probably the fairest, most lenient, and most progressive in Europe.

The man who heads up the modern office of the Inquisition, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Panzer-Kardinal of the Vatican. Would that he would subject the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in America to an Inquisition. It needs it. Indeed, here’s a new rallying cry that I’d like to see become popular: Bring back the Inquisition!

 

8. The Crusades

All right, I recognize that this is another problem area for some milquetoast Catholics, but let’s be blunt: Do we believe in reclaiming the world for Christ and His Church, or don’t we? Medieval knights took that responsibility seriously, wore the cross on their capes and tunics, and prayed and understood an incarnational faith that acted in the world. It was these knights’ defensive war — and the defensive war of the Church and its allies up through the 18th century, for a millennium of Western history — that repelled Islamic aggression and kept western Europe free. For that we should be ashamed? No: It is one of the glories that was Christendom that in the Middle Ages the pope could wave his field marshal’s baton and knights from as far away as Norway — not to mention England, France, and Germany — would come to serve. Men were Catholics first in those days.

Today, because of Islamic terror groups, the West is again strapping on its armor. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our predecessors who were compelled to do the same.

 

7.  The Swiss Guards and the French Foreign Legion

Though only one of these institutions is under the direct supervision of the Vatican, both qualify as Catholic institutions that should warm the very cockles of our hearts. Indeed, next time you meet a Protestant who asks you why you are a Catholic, try telling him this: I’m a Catholic because I believe in the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church as founded by Jesus and His disciples and as led through the power of the Holy Spirit by the pope in Rome who is himself guarded by the Swiss guards of the Vatican whose uniforms were designed, at least some believe, by Michelangelo. If your interlocutor doesn’t immediately seek instruction to convert, you know you’ve met a hard case.

As for La Légion Étrangère, it seems to me that as the product of a Catholic culture, showcasing a Catholic militarism by accepting men of all nations and backgrounds, devoted to one common goal, and by bestowing a sort of secular forgiveness of sins via its traditional offer of anonymity for recruits, it is a good reflection of the Catholic spirit. Indeed, two anecdotes might help illustrate this fact. First, there is the spirit of Catholic realism, perhaps best told in a story from the devotional book, The Paratroopers of the French Foreign Legion: From Vietnam to Bosnia. Here one finds a Catholic chaplain in Bosnia handing out medallions of the Blessed Virgin Mother. He admonishes his legionnaires that the medallion “does not replace good cover and it does not replace armor. I don’t do voodoo here. So be careful.” Well said, Father.

If that anecdote affirms Catholic realism and natural law, here’s one that reminds us why fighting men have always respected Catholic chaplains above others. It comes from the morally offensive Catholic writer Christian Jennings, in A Mouthful of Rocks: Modern Adventures in the Foreign Legion: “This was the padre assigned to our unit. He wore full combat kit and a large silver crucifix on a chain, which matched his parachute wings…. A Spanish recruit I had been playing poker against suddenly started making faces and gesturing behind the Padre’s back, when suddenly, without taking his eyes off the Frenchman to whom he had been talking, the priest jerked his elbow backwards into the Spaniard’s face, slamming him against an oven.”  Charming, n’est-ce pas? And a reminder that for most people, the faith is best taught by action and example rather than by words.

 

6. Art

Certainly the famous literary Catholics of the English-speaking world — John Henry Cardinal Newman, Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Siegfried Sassoon (who converted later in life), and Thomas Merton — have all played an enormous part in my own conversion and continuing appreciation of the faith. Even Catholics of an unorthodox stripe (like Greene) have had a powerfully orthodox influence on me.

Writing, of course, is far from the only artistic testimony to the faith. Catholicism has always surrounded itself with beauty, regarding it as the splendor of truth. In the words of the German priest, professor, and theologian Karl Adam, “Art is native to Catholicism, since reverence for the body and for nature is native to it.”  The Puritan influence is foreign to Catholicism — just as the idea that smashing altars, defacing Madonnas, and breaking stained glass as a religious act is foreign, and indeed heretical, to Catholics. The Catholic Church leaves such Talibanism to the Protestants and iconoclastic heresies. The Catholic Church, instead, offers a celebration of beauty; and beauty, in our world of pierced faces, body tattoos, gangsta rap, and concrete tower blocks, is something we could use much more of.

 

5. Freedom

Yes, the good old reactionary, repressive Catholic Church has been the most ardent defender of freedom in the history of the world — though it almost never gets credit for it. We live in an age of determinist ideologies — with the fate of nations and individuals supposedly determined by race, economics, history, psychology, genetics, or even — insofar as Protestants have any common doctrinal beliefs — predestination. The Catholic Church stands alone in radical defense of man’s free will.

When the media, Protestants, and dissenters tell practicing Catholics that the impulse to sexual activity is overwhelmingly powerful and can’t be controlled or renounced, Catholics alone say, “No, man is free. All Christians are called to chastity, and what they are called to do, they can do, and some can freely take on celibacy as a sacrifice to better serve God and His Church.”

When Maximus in the movie Gladiator rallies his ­cavalrymen with the words, “What we do in this life echoes in eternity,” he is speaking like a Catholic, not like a Reformed Protestant or a Muslim who believes that eternity is already written and that man has no free will.

When skeptics complain that the evidence for God is not clear or that a God who allows suffering and evil is Himself sadistic and evil, the Catholic responds, “Our God has made us free men. True freedom always comes with costs and challenges. You see, ours is not a religion of make-believe where actions have no consequences. Ours is a religion of life as it really is. And life as it really is, is a life of original sin. Catholicism is a religion of pilgrimage, freely accepted, to grow in Christ, to overcome sin.”

It is another oft-propounded myth that the Western world didn’t taste of freedom until the Protestant revolt of Martin Luther, which led to the division and state subordination of churches in northern Europe and eventually led, in some countries, to the separation of church and state and the irrelevance of church to state.

But who would blatantly say that the Renaissance — against which Luther revolted — was not free? Who would deny that the great check on state power throughout the entirety of European history, from the conversion of Constantine until the 20th century, was the Catholic Church?

Think of the Roman Emperor Theodosius, commander of all Rome’s legions, stripping himself of all imperial insignia to do penance before an unarmed cleric, St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan. It was the Catholic Church that brought a moral check to bear on the exercise and perquisites of power.

Think of the martyrdom of Sir Thomas Beckett and Sir Thomas More. Think of the Protestant revolt, which argued that the power of the state was scriptural and the power of the papacy — the power of Christ’s Church against the demands of the state — was not.

Think of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Kulturkampf of Bismarck, and later intellectual and political currents, including fascism, communism, and the liberalism of our own time, all of which saw — or see — the state as the essential thing, centralization of state authority as the central task, and state direction as the essential instrument of reform. And what was the roadblock to these “reformers”? The Catholic Church. It was the Church that asserted the independence of “subsidiary institutions.” It was the Church that defended the rights of the family against the state. It was the Church that protested, in the words of Pope Pius XI, against the “pagan worship of the state.”

The true Catholic is a natural Tory anarchist — someone who believes in loyalty to persons, institutions, and the faith (semper fidelis) – and in otherwise letting les bons temps rouler.

 

4. The Saints

The Catholic is never alone. God is always near. The Catholic remembers Mary. He remembers her saying yes to the Incarnation. He remembers those who have gone before him: the vast parade of saints whose personalities and attributes are so various, so free, and yet so devoted to the singular path that leads to holiness and union with God.

Catholic women — as I noted in my agnostic Anglican days, when I was dating them — had stained-glass minds: an awareness of the romance of the past and of the depth and color of Christian history, even if it was just a velleity, not captured in details or knowledge. Catholics aren’t divorced from history. They are not alone with their Bibles and their consciences. Catholics live history. They are part of the continuum of 2,000 years (or with the Old Testament, even longer) of man’s pilgrimage with God.

In the Apostles’ Creed, the earliest formulary of Christian belief that we have, the Bible is never mentioned. Individual conscience is never mentioned. What is mentioned is history: “born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” And what is affirmed is belief in God; in the life, resurrection, and coming judgment of Jesus; and then the final litany: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.”

To the Catholic, life is good; the body is good (which is why it will be resurrected); and it is good for man, if we remember Genesis, not to be alone. In the Catholic Church, he is never alone but lives within the body of Christ, the Church Militant, wherein he receives the sacraments of his earthly pilgrimage; in his prayers for the dead, he remains in prayerful connection with the Church Suffering; and in his emulation of the saints and prayers for their intercession, he looks ahead to the Church Triumphant in heaven.

And what saints there are.  “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle”; the beloved St. Francis, “Lord, make me a channel of Your peace”; the “Dumb Ox” of logic and reason, St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Ignatius Loyola, who showed what miracles of conversion the Pope’s marines could achieve when they were all devoted and orthodox (let us hope that they will be again); and on and on in endless panorama. All this belongs to the priceless Catholic heritage. Catholicism does not circumscribe and narrow the truth and practice of religion as all heresies do but celebrates the fullness of humanity and God’s creation.

The saints show us the way. Catholics do not presume that they are saved through faith alone — as do Protestants. Salvation, of course, comes through God’s grace. But as part of our free acceptance of that grace, we are called to become holy: to work, to act, to participate in that constant drama where we struggle to live the life of a saint — to live, that is, the life of Christ. None of us is the elect, predestined to salvation, with the remainder (the majority) predestinedly condemned to hell, as Calvin taught. The Catholic believes he is called to acts of corporal and spiritual mercy and that these help him, by God’s grace, to achieve expiation of sin. Our models and aides in our never-ending effort to achieve sanctity are Jesus, the apostles, and all the saints.

 

3. Unity

When we affirm the Nicene Creed, we affirm our belief in the “one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.” The Creed does not say “many, reformed, anti-Catholic, Bible-based churches.” Nor does it say, “several nation-based, autocephalous, and selectively conciliar churches.” The Church is called to be one – one body of Christ, one bride of Christ.

Over the course of 2,000 years, its unity has denied the law of entropy. That it has avoided the most common of temptations — to embrace nationalism or solipsism as the essence of belief — always and everywhere affirming the catholicity of the Church, is proof of its authentic teaching. It is indeed a glory of the Church that it encompasses all men and can use the talents of all nations. The “elasticity, freshness of mind, and sense of form of the Roman combine with the penetration, profundity, and inwardness of the German, and with the sobriety, discretion, and good sense of the Anglo-Saxon. The piety and modesty of the Chinese unite with the subtlety and depth of the Indian, and with the practicality and initiative of the American,” as Karl Adam enumerates these qualities in The Spirit of Catholicism.

Objective truth knows no borders. Surely when Paul preached “one Lord, one faith, one baptism,” he did not envisage, and would not approve of, the 20,000 or more varieties of Protestant experience. The story of the early Church is the story of the Catholic attempt to maintain Christian unity in accordance with the truth against a sea of heresies — a sea that, as a working out of the Reformation, has now in the popular mind washed away the very idea of heresy. The Reformation marks the entrance of relativism into Christian life, and relativism denies unity. More important, it denies objective truth, and therefore relativism itself can’t be true, however attractive it might be to those who, in the words of St. Irenaeus writing in the second century, are “heretics and evil-thinkers, faction makers, swelled-headed, self-pleasing.”  Our unity as the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church is one of the proofs of the verity of the Catholic faith.

That unity is seen in another way, too: namely, in the way that the Church brings together reason and mystery, piety and beauty. It is seen in the way that the Church affirms all positive values — as found anywhere in history or in the world — that are in accordance with natural law and fidelity to the deposit of faith. And it is seen in the way that the Church truly accepts the unity of God’s creation and Christ’s teaching, refusing to let it be parceled up and delimited by nations, philosophers, or pedants who seek to shrink-wrap the faith to their own specifications. The true faith is universal, effulgent, and living.

 

2. The Sacraments

The sacraments and the visible Church are another proof and nurturer of the faith. I am among the least mystical of men, but I will gladly stump up and affirm the efficacy of the sacraments, sincerely and prayerfully entered into. With Pascal I would affirm that one actually learns the Catholic faith by doing — which is why deracinated, prissy, critical philosophes standing outside will never “get it.” The faith of the Catholic is a great drama unfolding before God, and we are the players in it. There is the awesome reality of the Eucharist, God made flesh at every Mass, and our responsibility before Him and in receiving Him. There is the visible alter Christus of the priesthood. Even those sacraments that many Catholics find painful — such as penance — are powerful reminders of the reality of God and of the necessity of both our faith and our good works.

For me, Shakespeare captured this best in Henry V. Before the battle of Agincourt, Henry pleads with God to remember his works — not his faith alone — on behalf of the Church:

Not today, O Lord,
O, not today, think not upon the fault
My father made in compassing the crown!
I Richard’s body have interred new,
And on it have bestow’d more contrite tears
Than from it issued forced drops of blood;
Five hundred poor I have in yearly pay,
Who twice a day their wither’d hands hold up
Toward heaven, to pardon blood; and I have built
Two chantries, where the sad and solemn priests
Sing still for Richard’s soul. More will I do;
Though all that I can do is nothing worth,
Since my penitence comes after all,
Imploring pardon.”

It is extremely odd to me that Protestants should take pride in reducing the transmission of God’s grace from the seven sacraments held by the apostolic Catholic Church and Orthodox churches to two. When Protestants say that the celibate priesthood and religious life show a lack of respect for marriage, it’s worth reminding them that to Catholics marriage is a sacrament, an institution of divine grace — something rather more elevated than it is for Protestants. And for Catholics, holy orders is a sacrament, making our priesthood rather more important than a Protestant ministry. For Catholics, religion is not all in the mind. It is tangible, present, and living. In short, it is real.

 

1. Truth

Nothing else would matter about Catholicism if it weren’t true. But it is our firm belief as Catholics that it is true. And, indeed, I believe that the histori­­- cal case for the Catholic Church is virtually irre­futable, as irrefutable as it was to Cardinal Newman. And there is something else. We know that the Church affirms that its members and servants are all subject to original sin. But while men might falter, the teaching of the Church does not. That has been our rock, tested through the tempests of centuries and undiminished through time.

Innumerable secular and other forces are against us. Even within our own midst we have been pain­fully reminded of the work that needs to be done to cleanse and purify our Church. Evil stalks the world. But then, it always has. And the Church has survived, and in the heat of persecution, it has grown in numbers and strength. Let us remember that fact. And let us always keep in mind the immortal words of Auberon Waugh: “There are countless horrible things happening all over the country, and horrible people prospering, but we must never allow them to disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to sabotage and annoy them whenever possible.”

Amen to that. Keep the faith, dear Crisis readers, and remember that our ultimate destination is heaven.

H. W. Crocker III

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H. W. Crocker III is the author of Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church: A 2,000-Year History. His prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey and his book Robert E. Lee on Leadership are available in paperback; his latest book is The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire.

  • Sarto

    I just love rejoicing over the Inquisition. Let’s see…during the anti-Albigensian crusade, the crusaders came to a church where everybody in town had taken refuge. There were Albigensians in there, but who could tell the difference. The crusaders consulted higher authority. Down came the answer that was resurrected during the Vietnam War: “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”

    And the crusades. Now I can sleep in peace when I think of the Vicar of Christ sending armies out to murder, with the streets of Jerusalem awash in the blood. Jesus must have rejoiced to see so much innocent blood shed in his name.

    And then there is freedom that cherished Catholic virtue. The pope who, in the nineteenth century, condemned the”abominable belief called religious freedom” must lie comfortable in his grave, knowing that he was part of that noble inheritance.

    And you complain when liberals rewrite history? Whew.

    • Scott

      Not to mention that “Kill them all; let God sort them out” saying may not have even happened.

    • Anthony

      You can at least rejoice now in the success of the Albigensian triumph in the Protestant churches today with their homosexual clergy and rejection of Christ’s teaching. Nowadays it’s anything goes in the Protestant churches which is the natural result of their rebellion against Mother Church. I can’t help but wonder how much bloodshed might have been avoided if Luther had remained faithful to the Church and worked peacefully for reform.

      • Sarto

        Go ahead, change the subject. I don’t care what the Protestants are doing. It is my own church–the Church I love, that I care about. And trying to rewrite her sometimes difficutl history is not doing her a favor.

        • Chris

          Perhaps if you knew your own history more, then you would be able to articulate a comprehensible argument.

          Go back and study. Then come talk to us. :-)

  • Ismael

    @ Sarto

    Troll. Of course sometimes there are abuses.

    The allied armies who fought against Nazi also committed a lot of horrible things in WWII, yet everybody rejoices that Nazism was defeated.

    “And the crusades. Now I can sleep in peace when I think of the Vicar of Christ sending armies out to murder, with the streets of Jerusalem awash in the blood. Jesus must have rejoiced to see so much innocent blood shed in his name. ”

    Too bad that it was Islam who centuries earlier spilled innocent blood in Jerusalem and then North Africa and then several parts of Europe.

    Learn your history.

    Sure war is always war… but the Crusaders were hardly the aggressors in the Crusades, rather they fought to preserve their way of living and their life against the formidabl threat of Islam… just like much celebrated heroes like Washington or Lincoln did against their own opponents.

    “The pope who, in the nineteenth century, condemned the”abominable belief called religious freedom” must lie comfortable in his grave, knowing that he was part of that noble inheritance. ”

    This is just being plain obtuse. First of all one should not quote popes out of context as you are.

    Also it can happen that people make mistakes, even Popes.

    You are focusing on one ambiguos sentence and IGNORE all the vituous people who live and died (sometimes horibly) for Christ and the Church upholding the highest virtues.

    Dear Sarto: you are just the worst kind of bigot.

    “And you complain when liberals rewrite history? Whew.”

    They have been rewriting for centuries now, spreading lies… luckily TODAY serious historians are shredding the courtains of lies that was fabbricated in 4 centuries of anti-catholic propaganda.

    And then you complain why liberals are such morons. Whew!

  • Ismael

    “Today, because of Islamic terror groups, the West is again strapping on its armor. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our predecessors who were compelled to do the same.”

    At the time it was even worse. North Africa was wholly Christian before Islamic forces forced themselves there through war… up to Portugal and Spain and other countries.

    It would be like the Taliban had actually CONQUERED the eastern US states… and not just destroy the twin towers.

    I am sure that it would be completly wrong for the US government to try to recapture Washington DC… right?

  • Papa Robert

    Interesting article, but the writer obviously knows little about Protestantism. All Protestants are not Calvinists. In the main, we Protestants, by whatever denomination we worship, reject predestination and accept that salvation is open to all through God’s grace, not through sacraments or saints.

    • John Stevens

      When there are over 30,000 different Protestant denominations and growing it is hard to include all of them in one article.

  • Tom

    My impression of Cathalics is that they thrive on having an abundance of things and people to think about, glory in, beautify, honor, adore and worship. It’s the abundance of all that stuff to appreciate that seems to turn them on.

    Wouldn’t it be appropriate to at least mention Jesus as one of your ten headings, instead of making him a sub-topic under a few of them? Yea, Yea, I know. It’s all actaully about Jesus because the Church (Catholic) is His body and, therefore, if the Church is discussed, then Jesus is implied.

    Here’s my one reason why anybody should attend any church. Because Jesus is on display — EXPLICITLY. As Paul said (Philippians) the mere mention of his name is act of worship and inspires worship. For His sake, is it possible for Catholics to put asided all the stuff that is implictedly about Him–and put Him before people. Can you make Jesus explicit? If you need help, look at how Paul did it in his letters.

    • John Stevens

      Jesus is on display in the Church He started, certainly moreso than in a church that someone else started. How can Jesus be made more explicit than in the Eucharist?

      • Tom

        Yes, I agree. The mass places Jesus front and center. My comments are in reference to Mr. Crockers words. When Catholics speak of their faith, they seem enthralled with the trappings, rather than the substance. How else to explain that the name of Jesus is absent from every one of his ten headings. We speak the things that fill our hearts (Lk. 6). What do we make of Christians (of all stripes) who keep Jesus in the backgound when speaking of their faith?

    • stephen

      ‘Not everyone who says to me’Lord,Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my father in heaven’.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    A wise person once said, “Bigotry and judgement are the height of insecurity.” And someone else, not so wise once asked, “what is truth?” Heretics lack the one thing that would lead them to the Lord’s church-HUMILITY. Say amen brother?

  • John

    The worst sin of all is Pride. This atricle is awash with
    distortions and out-right lies. But I’m afraid this author
    as well as the Catholic Church in general is too proud
    to admit their errors. To say that Protestants have no
    hope in their trust in Christ is obscene, ugly and not true.

    • Matthew

      Prove it.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Another great quote, methinks Newman, “to be deep in history is to cease to be protestant.” You don’t need to lie when you have the TRUTH. Do you like jokes? Here’s one- Ques.-”What does it take to start another protestant church?” Ans. “Resentment and a coffee pot.” The sin of disunity I believe is a serious one, but I’m no theologian, just a Jesus lovin’, bible-thumping, born-again Catholic.

    • John

      I don’t want to fight the religious wars all over again.
      If your happy as a Catholic, well good for you. But to
      tell others their faith is not genuine just because it’s not
      your faith is arrogance and ignorance. I don’t care what
      Newman said, Paul said the most important thing for a
      Christian to have was Love. I don’t see much Love in
      these non-Catholic hateful diatribes.

    • Sarto

      To see Newman quoted by a conservative is a rich irony. The conservatives hated him, because he challenged their comfortable certitudes.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Wait, there’s more- “Protestantism; An anticipation of Antichrist-1.Its attitude toward the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mass & the sign of the cross. 2. Its carelessness about Baptism. 3. All its sects unite against the Church. 4. It blasphemes saints. Courtesy of Fr. Wm. Faber, I believe. Protestants share a hatred of Holy images along with Islam, that heresy was condemned by a council. Again, I’m no St. Thomas Aquinas, but you gotta admit, Catholics have much more fun-think, “the pieta”, pilgrimages, ashes, incense, candles, bells, rogation days, Mass of the Angels, palms, relics, litanies, mystics, etc. Our Lord gave us a treasure trove of beauty and spirituality, AND traditions. Would Protestant superstition also forbid me from using deceased Aunt Betty’s sugar cookie recipe because it was a “tradition.’ Reductionism strips our faith of its inspirational elements, denies history, and leads good people into error. Jesus is Lord.

    • Sarto

      I prayed with seven Protestant ministers every week for seven years. We prayed in the Catholic church, right in front of the statue of Mary. To apply your words about Protestantism to them would be slander. We had long, ongoing discussions about our different theologies and treated each other with respect. They were good men who became some of my good friends and I will always treasure those years.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    I’m sorry if I offended, there are many non-catholics who live for & love the Lord, my concern is that they do not know, and are not in His Church, and most heartbreaking are not getting the best He has to offer-The Eucharist.

  • oodood

    The author forgot joy for little boys. Greatness and the Catholic Church? Hah.

  • Tom

    This is revisionist junk.

    The Cathar (Albigensian) Crusade was a genocide inside Europe. Even Pope Benedict expressed reservations about this part of the Church’s history in a Comunio article little over a decade ago.

    Also the author seems to have little understanding of 20th century French history. The Legion Étagère was split during WW2. A significant portion remained loyal to Vichy and fought against allies, under Axis command. A good many stayed loyal to Vichy until the end. So much for the glorious “Legion Étagère”. The French army in Indochina also was loyal to Vichy. Many French Vichy “Catholics” had no problems with exporting Jews, including children, under Vichy law, to concentration camps. They did not need Germans. They used the French national train system (SNCF). Those “Catholics” later hid the notorious WW2 criminal, Paul Touvier. So while young men of all faiths (but mostly protestant) from the Midwest or elsewhere in the US, risked their lives on foreign battle fields to fight for freedom (the real one), Crisis magazine favored Vichy “Catholics” sucked up to the Axis powers (the real original “Axis of evil”). And that is a reason to be a proud? I don’t think so.

    Regarding Saints, they are our role models, as we profess the Nicene Creed, but until the office of promoter of faith is restored, its safer, imo, to reserve judgment on those beatified since 1982 in what has become a very institutionalized and manipulable process. If things continue the current way, “sainthood” risks becoming a glorified “celestial employees of the month” parking spot, determined by those “with influence” in the church. For 1 million bucks, one can now hire a Canon lawyer, and presto, get one’s favorite “saint” nominated, to better promote ones “movement” or what ever other product one has for sale (just contact one of the legal firms for the causes of beatification and canonization in Rome; one of their web site was recently removed, but one can still see cached traces http://www.beatificationprocess.com/whoarewe.html). “Miracles” are declared willy-nilly. They might as well just call them for what they are: “relatively curious, but mostly explainable medical cures that marked people”. This would be a first step in restoring church leader’s credibility of their grasp of science, and of not mocking God’s Grace. They other option is to wait for real miracles, with proper validation, but that would slow the saint factory to a near grinding halt. Some dubious examples of the process:
    -the “miraculous” cure of a skin rash (Escriva ultra fast canonization),
    -like mentioned before, the exploitation of the death of a teen from cancer to promote the Focolare,
    -the (now hopefully canceled) cause for beatification of Fr Maciel’s mother.
    -the recent new cause of Fr Ellacurai, who brought OD to the North America, and with it the Robert Hanssen scandal, that resulted in the execution of courageous agents working to stop soviet totalitarianism. One can also argue that this contributed to 911, as Hanssen’s investigation sucked up major FBI counter intelligence resources in the months leading to the attack. Not to mention other OD “fruits” like suicides of OD members living in pressure cooker OD houses.

    -Even JP2 was exploited, as his beatification served more as convenient cover for those that took advantage of him. His true heroism was actually sullied by this accelerated process, because he is now associated with the creeps that helped hide the Maciels and Groers of the world.

    My list of what is great about Catholicism 3 items:
    #1: The Gospels and the rest of the Bible, that teaches us about the Trinity, God’s commandment, and to trust in God’s grace. The truth is in God’s hands.
    #2 the Sacraments, that help with #1 (e.g.; the Catholic the Church)
    #3 the Rosary, that helps with #1 and #2. (e.g.; also the Catholic the Church)

    …adding half clever, poorly researched items does not make the Catholic Faith any stronger, sorry…

    • John Zmirak

      I’m no expert in the history of the Foreign Legion, but I do know quite a bit about Vichy. The regime began as the legitimate government of France, and was universally recognized as such except by a few tiny bands of brave resistors… not including the Communists–Stalin was then allied with Hitler, so French Communists like Sartre duly collaborated until Operation Barbarossa was launched. Then they tried to grab control of the Resistance, as a lever for seizing France after the Liberation. Indeed, at war’s end, they used “epuration” as a pretext for gunning down countless innocent Catholics on the Right, as eyewitness Thomas Molnar (RIP) told me.

      It took some time for most Frenchmen to become alienated from the regime that was recognized by the Church, the US government, and most governments in the world. It took the increasing aggressiveness of German demands (forced labor), AND the despicable extremes of crackpot anti-Semites (men who couldn’t get elected dog-catcher before 1940) whom the Germans helped put into power. (Something similar happened in Croatia, which the Nazis put under the control, essentially, of a crank fascist mafia.)

      It was the anti-Semitic campaign that alienated most bishops and the vast majority of the clergy, as De Lubac documents in his “Resistance to Anti-Semitism” book (Ignatius). Sure, there were plenty of anti-Semitic Catholics… a residue from the bitter war between Church and State that began in 1870, included the ugly fraud of the Dreyfus prosecution, and the criminal seizure of all Church assets and schools (and the expulsion of religious orders) in 1905. The pro-Nazis tried to use legitimate Catholic grievances against the corrupt and oligarchical Third Republic (whose anti-clericals denied women the vote explicitly BECAUSE back then they were too pious). Mostly, these Nazi and pro-Nazi campaigns failed, and the tragic Petain was more and more despised.

      We can thank God that a great man like De Gaulle stepped forward to lead France down a middle path, saving it from becoming either a German province, a Soviet puppet, or (much less evil) an American reclamation project.

      The Foreign Legion, serving by definition far from home, can hardly have been expected to be up to date on all political developments in Metropolitan France, such as the appalling deportations of Jews. Should we blame the American troops in Vietnam for Kent State (or Roe v. Wade)? For not mutinying in response? It was a desperate, ambiguous situation for Frenchmen. Some great men, like theologian Garrigou Legrange (Pope John Paul II’s first big influence) mistakenly chose Vichy. Many French Catholic modernists who bravely opposed the Nazis went on to help demolish the Church after Vatican II. Like most of human history it is (to cite a novel by Mauriac, who resisted) a “viper’s tangle.” To congratulate yourself for your purity from the safety of modern America is the part of a Pharisee.

      • Sarto

        It is true that in Poland, that most Catholic of countries, most Jews did not survive. Before the war, the Cardinal at that time forced the priests to read an anti-Jewish statement from the pulpit. The Protestants of Denmark defiantly stood up for the Jews, and so many Poles turned them over to the people who would murder them. And we still hear about Jewish cemeteries desecrated in Poland.

        I know, I know, Pope John Paul had wonderful Jewish friends. But did he ask his countrymen to mourn and repent over what they helped do to the Jews in their midst? If he did, let us know.

        • Tom

          My father, with his brother, where in the Polish underground, and they risked their lives saving Jews on their family estate. Many people did that. Yes, there were those that acted horribly, but so was the case in many other countries. Germany was mostly Protestant: so much for your theory, Sarto. Did your family save Jews during WW2?

    • Sarto

      The canonization process, at least, is badly suspect. Saints by the mega dozens. Have they been able to canonize any married couples who enjoyed lovemaking throughout their lives?

      • Joseph

        The CATHOLIC Church declared Gianna Beretta Molla, a WIFE, a MOTHER, and a doctor to be a saint in 2004.

      • Joseph

        The Church does not make Saints. CHRIST makes saints in cooperation with the free will of those persons. If GOD wills there to be many Holy Ones, many Saints, shouldn’t this be cause for us to rejoice??? The Church merely declares/confirms/recognizes a persons sanctity by the Authority of CHRIST given to Peter, the Rock.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    “Take that beam our of your eye”-if the Catholic Church is responsible for the crimes of mostly homosexual priests, then how do you explain why a married man would molest his own child? There are numerous blogs exposing sexual scandal in Prot. denominations-only they do not get press coverage like we do. Even so, as evil as it is, its a mark of the true Church-to be called beezlebub by a world that denies its own sinfulness. Godbless.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Thankyou H.W., if more Catholics had the courage to defend the True Faith of Our Lord as you have done so here, we wouldn’t still be fighting the disaster that weakened unity, the Great Deformation, (oops, I mean Reformation). Read “The Facts About Luther, great book!

    • Matthew

      I got half way through that book it made me so angry. If even the smallest percentage of that book is true I don’t know how anyone could be a protestant. Luther was a loon.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Jn.ch.6v.53-59

  • TCH

    A collection of nonsense and delusions. There is no god and we do not need religion to lead moral and meaningful lives without the delusion of life after death.

    • Quid est Veritas?

      All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won’t deny any of what you said. But there’s one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-Heaven and Hell and Truth and Hope and God himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on God’s side even if there isn’t any God to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Catholic as I can even if there isn’t any God. So, thanking you kindly for your comments, I’m leaving your world at once and setting out in the dark to spend my life looking for Heaven. Not that my life will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say it is.

  • Matthew

    Mr. atheist give us some facts.

  • Stevo

    I like the idea of listing reasons like these. I think (1) is the most important reason for adopting any position. I don’t think Catholicism fares very well at all with that though. For that reason, the others don’t really matter much. Other positions have remarkable features as well, great freedom, unity, and beauty etc. Truth should ultimately be the arbiter though.

  • ALICIA

    Thank you for this article, it reaffirms everything Catholics should already know about Catholicism, and be proud to be Roman Catholic.

  • John

    This article and some of the responses have truly
    saddened me. As a Protestant I have worshipped with
    Charismatic Catholics at numerous joint worship services.
    I knew we would never be “one” church, the differences
    were too great, but I truly felt that there were bonds of
    mutual respect and honor that were being formed. I could
    never disrespect a brother or sister I had just prayed with.
    Now I am truly disheartened by the level of hate and
    disregard I have read from some here. Why is it that to
    build yourself up you feel the need to attack others?
    Christ is about Love if he is about anything.

    • Nathan

      “I knew we would never be ‘one’ church” – nothing could be sadder as Christ himself prayed:

      “And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.” (John 17:11)

      Our Lord and God didn’t pray for us to have “mutual respect and honor” but UNITY.

      I am sorry if the above article offended you, but please pray for Christian unity – that is what Jesus wants for us.

      • John

        And unity means we all become Catholics. The
        sheer arrogance is mind-boggling.

        In essentials unity,
        In non-essentials liberty,
        In all things charity.

        God bless you.

  • Cal

    “Who ever heard of a deathbed conversion to Methodism?” How unbelievably arrogant to suggest that the Methodist church has not seen deathbed commitments to Jesus. Does this fellow really think there are not deathbed conversions in the protestant — even mainline protestant — tradition? What an incredibly narrow view of Christianity. Both catholics and protestants should remember that protestantism is the best argument in favor of Catholicism — and vice versa.

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    Praying for and with our separated brethren is one thing, but avoiding the truth is not authentic charity, and sooner or later someone has to move from one camp to the other, we can’t all be right. At that moment, I usually find a spiritual blindness and obstinacy that only the Holy Spirit could penetrate. This is where a rosary, a fast, adoration, and scripture help. Many non-catholics are gratuitous with the mud-slinging, but when a Catholic defends their beliefs, suddenly that person is demonized and dismissed as uncharitable. Maybe we’ll all work it out in Purgatory. God bless.

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    Sarto, your comments are confusing, you’ve prayed in a Catholic church with Protestants, as what, a Catholic or a Protestant? Then you lay an accusation against the good people of Poland of mass murder. Did you know that about 3 million Polish Catholics were killed by Nazi forces, many priests resisted, were killed and died in camps. Ever heard of Max. Kolbe? You have a right to an opinion, but not to the facts.

  • Marc

    How refreshing to read an article by a Catholic that unashamedly professes his love of the Church that Jesus Christ gave to the world.

    Thank God for His Catholic Church! We know that she will always stand up against the gates of hell.

    As a “revived” cradle Catholic blessed with an insatiable appetite for all things True, my heart & mind have naturally also surrendered to the truths of our faith. I can now rejoice at how the supernatural touch the natural in our Lord’s sacraments! We, my fellow Catholics, are blessed to be absolved of our sins by no one less than Jesus Christ….then, we are literally united in Him when we receive the Eucharist!

    My fellow Christians united in faith, in Christ and in prayer, we must never surrender to the world that is sadly crumbling around us. The Catholic Church is our light in the world, let’s follower Her home.

    In Christ,
    Marc

    Please see these two beautiful private revelations that our Lord has given to the world in response to the general apostasy of our times. Both are very, very Catholic. Why? Because nothing stated in either private revelation ever conflict with the Catholic Church’s teachings on faith & morals.

    http://www.TheWarningSecondComing.com
    http://www.TLIG.org

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    Sarto-please read about Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who was matyred fighting against communism in Poland. John Paul the 2nd also helped to destroy the athiest moloch government, see Newt’s film-”9 days in May.” Try focusing on the saints, not the Judases. Read Wm. Carroll’s volumes on the History of Christendom, or “How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization”-Thomas E. Woods, or” Why Catholics Are Right”-Michael Coren, or” Seven Lies About Catholic” History-Diane Moczar. Tip of the iceberg-or better, read “Christ, the Life of the Soul”-Bl. Columba Marmion or “God Alone”-St. Louis de Montfort, or “The Interior Castle”-St Theresa of Avila. There are spiritual masters for the past 2 thousand years, I prefer to trod the “ancient path”- and yes Newman also, I’m not a “conservative”, just a prodigal daughter, who by God’s grace has found her way home. Go to PatronSaints.-our God is the God of the living.

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    John, I share your sentiments about the rupture in unity, but honestly you pointed out that the “differences” are too great. That being so, we are each obligated to seek the truth, and the evidence is overwhelming, if you would be open to it and read Church history as Newman did and found that the Catholic Church is Christs alone. Every Protestant denom. has been founded by a MAN-there are websites that list them, Lutheranism, Methodists, Calvinists, Baptists etc. and who their founder was. I even read a blog the other day where a man bragged about his pastor starting a new church. By what authority does a man do this, my guess -his own ego. St Augustine stated-”They say false things about God, and call it their faith.”

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    Want to know who I feel sorry for-Billy Graham, well intentioned as he is-he’s never received Our Lord in the Eucharist-”abide in me”-he’s never humbled himself to receive sacramental absolution by Christ-he’s prevented thousands of people from joining the Catholic Church by reciting some “sinners prayer,” (we don’t know how many have since fallen away), were it that simple. Many are sincere, but I wonder if their conscience doesn’t keep them awake at night a little, specifically these self-appointed “pastors.” Only the Lord knows his heart and will hopefully be merciful. Sadly, Protestantism leads to relativism after you’ve thrown away authority and made an idol of the Bible. Yes, many Catholics give a bad example, but they too need prayer, and are not a reason to avoid a genuine heartfelt search for truth. GodBless

  • http://prolifeblogs annie

    Scarier is that Luther’s revolt and Henry the 8ths lust and greed destroyed unity,weakened the faith in Europe and has enabled Islam to fill the void.

  • Raman

    What strikes me in this pitiful outburst is its complete lack of Christian humility. What is the point of claiming to believe in the Sermon on the Mount if you gloat over the French Foreign Legion? If militarism is OK for Catholics, why protest if others resort to it?

    This is not Christianity by any serious definition. Just a proclamation of a reactionary and sadistic wordly power cult.

    Did the Pope defend freedom when he made a Concordat with Hitler and proclaimed t

  • Raman

    I got cut off…..

    Did the Pope defend freedom when he proclaimed Hitler the saviour of Germany and ordered his birthday to be celebrated in the German Catholic churches?

    What about the nearly 2000 year Catholic history of sadistic anti-Semitism that laid the ground for the Holocaust? Was that another noble contritbution of the Catholic church?

    You remind me of the dictum of Rousseau: “The reasons Henry IV gave for joining the Church of Rome would make every decent man leave it, and especially anyone who knows how to think.”

  • Raman

    Christopher Hitchens, in his recent book “god is not Great”, gives a graphic account of the huge, intimate and crucial collaboration between the Nazis and the Catholic Church. The Church made a concordat with Hitler, congratulated him on his birthdays with the uttermost sycophancy, even making them a special holiday, and opened the parish registers to the Nazis to facilitate the extermination of the Jews by determining who was Jewish. After Hitler, the Catholic Church provided false passports and hiding places for Nazi war crimnals so they could escape to live in the extreme right-wing dictatorships of Latin America supported by the Church. Hitchens details all this.

    Nazis were overwhelmingly, even in the leadership, Christians – contrary to the unconscionable lie spread by the churches after 1945 that they were pagan or atheists. In fact, few Nazis dabbled in paganism, and Hitler ridiculed them. Nazis were especially tough on atheists. German historical scholarship has established the Christian allegiance of the Nazi leaders and rank-and-file. (See Richard Steigmann-Gall’s 2003 book “The Holy Reich”, Cambridge University Press.)

    The Catholic Church had in fact a good possibility of preventing Hitler’s coming to power. This is because Hitler on the brink of power only had the voting support of a third of German voters, and if five or six per cent fewer had voted for him, his credibility as a candidate for Chancellor would have been far weaker. A Catholic Church that took a tough stand against Hitler before 1933 would certainly have made a difference.

    Doing a deal with the most villainous ruler in history, praising him in the most worshipful tones, and then saying, after his downfall, that he “reneged” on the deal, is the all too familar a Church apologia. It is utterly disgraceful, to say the least.

    Was opening the parish registers to help Nazis decide who was Jewish, thus facilitating the extermination of Jews, part of the deal? Was, after Hitler, enabling Nazi war criminals to escape to South America part of the deal?

    And, of course, there is also the little matter of the role of nearly 2000 years of fierce anti-Semitic propaganda by the Church. There was anti-Semitism (like many other species of racial prejudice) in the pre-Christian Roman world. But Christianity’s coming to power made matters infinitely worse for the Jews. Now the State was in the business of cruel, systematic persecution of their race, in ways that recall the Nazis. The Roman State, and the Fathers of the Church, spread the most vicious, lurid slanders against Jews, specifically accusing them of Christ-killing and being followers of the Devil. This obviously poisoned the minds of Christians over many centuries and created the conditions where Hitler could commit the Holocaust.

    There were German race theories outside Christianity, but for the masses, it was Christianity that led to hatred of Jews.

    It is true not all Christian countries were involved in the Holocaust. But millions of Christians other than Germans participated, and all Christian societies were tainted by the evil of anti-Semitism. This had the most dreadful consequences for Jews: because of fierce anti-Semitic feeling, America, Britain and other democratic countries were unable to give refuge to more than a fraction of the Jews under dire threat of extermination by Hitler

  • Raman

    This Catholic gloats about the French Foreign Legion, which, as recently as the late 1950s, was notorious for its campaigns of mass murder and savage torture in Algeria….and which was the resort of many Nazis to whom it gave refuge with no questions asked……

    A great church indeed, in the image of Christ.

  • Raman

    As for the French Revolution, the great American sociologist and historian Barrington Moore Jr has written a profound analysis of its consequences, concluding thhuat if the Revolution had not destroyed the French aristocracy and the power of the Church, France in the process of industrialisation would have become fascist like Germany where there was no such saving upheaval.

    • John Zmirak

      The French Revolution WAS the Nazism of its day–neopagan radical nationalism, mass genocide (the Vendee), the slaughter of foreigners, aggressive wars (Napoleon)… even Le Marseillaise’s lyrics read like the Horst Wessel Lied, except that the former is MORE bloodthirsty. The French didn’t need a new National Socialism in the 30s. The French Republic was founded on it. For you, Raman, to celebrate it is simply an act of bigotry–as if I were to celebrate the Moghul destruction of Hindu culture in northern India. Get lost. You’ve made your last comment here.

  • Raj

    As for the French Revolution, the great American sociologist and historian Barrington Moore Jr has written a profound analysis of its consequences, concluding thhuat if the Revolution had not destroyed the French aristocracy and the power of the Church, France in the process of industrialisation would have become fascist like Germany where there was no such saving upheaval.

  • Raj

    I am grateful to Crocker III for one thing: he has in his witless way exposed the real face of Catholicism in all its brutish cynicism. The thing so often cloaked in suave priestly hypcricsy stands here naked in all its foulness.

    Well done, Crocker. This is the ugly doctrine and the sadistic practice and they have to be fought tooth and nail by every honest and intelligent person.

    So be it.

  • Raj

    Of course, Jesus himself, confronted by the vulgarities of Crocker III might murmur: “Thank God I am not a Catholic!”

  • Raj

    Millions upon millions of people are abandoning the Catholic church, the supposed unique repository of Hope, in “Latin” America, the heartland of Catholicism.

    What croak you, Crocker III?

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Luther’s diatribes against the Jews, inspired Hitler’s murderous anti-semitism. At least the Catholic Church has great saints like St. Thomas More and St. Edmund Campion, who do you have? Oh yeah, Oliver Cromwell-butcher and slavemaster of the Irish, bloody Henry the 8th and his daughter bloody bess, who murdered thousands and singlehandedly destroyed the monestaries in England, which were the caretakers of the poor and sick. Read your history. Calvin was a homo, as was King James, of the famous Queen James Bible, which was a rip-off of the Catholic Douay-Rheims. The French revolution has for its heroes the Catholic Vendean’s who fought valiantly for Christ’s Church. Try a little Hilaire Belloc-Characters of the Reformation, or Michael Davies-For Altar and Throne. Thank God I’m not a heretic!

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Give me a bible, a pulpit and a sound system and I’ll poach weakminded faithful, looking for that “born again” experience. Don’t you bother yourself with trivial things like doctrine, diciplines and dogma, noooo, its all about you and feeling good about your walk with the Lord. And tradition, whats that, superstitous rituals that have no historical or biblical basis. Yeah, Latin America will be just fine, hell look at England, its not like the C of E is in any trouble, right, and Norway’s a fine Christian country with a 4% Sunday church attendance. Remember the broad gate, the broad gate, the broad gate…..Love Satan

  • Raman

    annie:

    For the record, I am an agnostic Hindu, not a Protestant.

    Though I do respect the Protestant assertion of human dignity and conscience against those who sold their souls to Roman tyranny and contempt.

  • pammie

    I always find it curious that those who despise one and one’s religon are compelled to search the web and let one know. Very silly.

    And It is usually those like the above commentators who get their “history’ from the likes of Hitchens that are the worse offenders. Perhaps non hindus should take their knowledge of that people fromTimur the Lame, a fellow surely as non partisan and knowledgeable of Hinduism and hindus as HItchens is about The RC Church and it’s followers.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Talk about gloating over triumphalistic violence, Raman, maybe as an agnostic hindi you can give some insight into the pogroms inflicted on Catholics in Orissa India and elsewhere. And we’re not talking decades or centuries ago either. The animus against the Catholic Church, is rooted in fear and hatred, of the truth. As Fr. John Hardon once stated, Paganism is the culture of untruth, so as Christ was a threat to the hypocrites and pharisees of His day, so is the Culture of Lies and Untruth terrified of the Catholic Church, because its source is a divine being, and the being behind the Culture of Untruth is well, we know.

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    Sadly, Protestantism after the Lambeth conference in 1930 destroyed the “sanctity of life” by allowing contraception, abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia. Only the Catholic Church has stood alone against the “Culture of Death” in affirming the value of human life-read Pope John Paul’s encyclical “Evangalium Vitae.”

  • http://prolifeblogs. annie

    And Sarto, please do not distort history to defame holy matyrs-Google- “The Rescue of Jews by the Poles during the Holocaust”-wiki. They were awarded the title-”Righteous among the Nations” by the state of Israel for their resistance to the Nazi Holocaust. Over 3 million Catholic Poles were killed, many resisted helped and protected their Jewish neighbors and friends, including JP2.

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