"There are not over a hundred people...who hate the Roman Catholic Church.
There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church"
-Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Catholicism is one of the most misunderstood religions in the world. It is truly amazing how many gross misconceptions about her abound to this day.
For instance, some people think that Catholicism is a pagan cult, which has cleverly masqueraded as Christianity for centuries even though it worships the goddess Ishtar (under the deceptive guise of Jesus' Mother - those wily Romanists!). They think that this "cult" also teaches its ignorant, superstitious followers to worship angels and saints, idols, old bones, the pope and even a wafer of bread!
Others think that Catholicism is a misogynist church, which worships a crusty old male god and only grudgingly admitted that women have souls after denying it for centuries. Its celibate male heirarchy supposedly refuses to ordain women out of a "fear of female power", and only opposes contraception and abortion in order to keep women enslaved to the humiliation of constant childbearing (all that talk of fetuses and murder is just a ruse, they think; the Church's "real motive" is to deny women their "right" to "control their bodies"!).
Still others think that Catholicism is a greedy religion which runs a lucrative, worldwide simony racket. It allegedly sells Masses, indulgences and other graces for a price; then uses the money to gild its altars, fill Vatican coffers - anything to keep it away from the poor!
I could go on, but it would become tedious. Bishop Sheen was right; it's no wonder people who believe such things hate the Catholic Church! He also states that if the Church were really like that, he would hate it too!
To which I say a hearty AMEN! I find nothing attractive in the miserly, woman-hating heathenism described above. Yet I also do not recognize in that description the face of the Mother Church whom I have come to know and love. Catholicism is totally different from the characatures set forth by her detractors!
Below are the pages on this site which explain and defend the true teachings and practices of Holy Mother Church, the Bride of Christ. (This site does not yet address every misconception cited above; hopefully it soon will, God willing.)
ANSWERS TO COMMON MYTHS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT CATHOLICISM.
These are (public domain) apologetics-oriented Catholic pamphlets, written by other people, which have made the rounds for a long time offline.
There are so many terrific Catholic apologetics sites online. The following are some pages or articles selected from them, which answer questions about salvation.
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Last updated on 1 October 2000, the Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church.
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