I spend an inordinate amount of time reading Catholic web sites and a theme that seems to emerge is that we are part of a mistreated, misunderstood minority. Catholics should absolutely defend themselves against prejudice and repression. And if nothing else, combat plain ignorance. It is also important to overcome the horrendous stereotype that the Church is a breeding ground for sexual abusers. But once in a while it is good to look around and see what religious group is really is taking it on the chin these days.
The depth of Roman Catholicism is so great it can keep those in the the faith captivated for many lifetimes. And because of the Church’s position in society — a religion with one billion adherents, a head office that is actually a state, and endless criticism for moral positions that grate secular society — it is no wonder that can become obsessed with their own position in the world.
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