7 Myths About the Catholic Church
7 – The Catholic Church is anti-woman and misogynistic.
This myth has deep roots. Certainly there are men in the Church’s history who may have been misogynistic, but the Church itself has never been. In fact, the biggest defender today of women’s rights is the Catholic Church.
6 – A large number of priests are perverts and/or pedophiles.
This just doesn’t have any support in the numbers. At worst, the numbers are about 4% of priests can be credibly linked to abuse (this is still WAY too high). But, the priesthood itself isn’t full of predators or perverts. By comparison teachers could be as high as 5% or more. This is in no way defending any priest if they did something wrong, but rather a busting of a myth. Another fact, there are 5 times as many Protestant ministers that commit these same crimes as Catholic priests. Most of these Protestant churches do not have much money, hence not worth a lawyer getting involved to bring them to justice and into the national news. The Catholic Church on the other hand does have lots of money. The Church and the Diocese can be sued; lots of money and that in turn brings national media.
5 – Catholics don’t think for themselves.
As Catholics we are accused of not thinking for ourselves in regards to interpretation of the Bible and faith. We as Catholics are so blest to have a Church with over 2,000 years of experience in interpreting the Bible. Our Church was established by Jesus and guided by the Holy Spirit. Why would any Catholic want to follow any other person besides Christ. ” No, we don’t make up the truth. It is above and beyond our opinions. But, we do need to seek it out and work to find it. Having an adult faith means we have to know it, but we should always examine it and test it – as St. Paul says, “Test everything; retain what is good.” 1 Thes 5:21
4 – The Church is homophobic and encourages discrimination against gays.
While not accepting any kind of sinful behavior as ok (from anyone), there is no evidence of this myth’s veracity. I will let the Catechism answer this one:
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
3 – The Church doesn’t allow abortion and contraception so that there are more people they can control.
This is from those that see the Catholic Church only in terms of power (as they define it). So, they can’t believe that the moral reasons for opposing these issues makes sense, rather they make the irrational claim that it is all about making more Catholics. No, it is actually about doing the right thing.
2 – The Catholic Church is anti-sex.
Actually, the Catholic Church is pro-sex, when sex is for the proper purposes and is between a married man and woman. Sex can be beautiful and wonderful. In fact, it can be sacred. That doesn’t sound “anti” to me.
1 – The Catholic faith is stuck in the past and needs to be updated to reach the modern world.
If this were the case, then we should also see significant growth in Protestant denominations that have gone down this path – Episcopalians, ELCA Lutherans, etc. But, it is the opposite, they are losing numbers rapidly. Rather, the truth attracts and the truth never changes.