I wasn't going to comment on this, but it's been weighing heavy on my heart since yesterday. Not because I'm surprised (okay - I am a little surprised), but because it saddens me to see good conservative people display such unwillingness to access the truth.
A few days ago, Bill Finlay aka "Wild Bill for America", a man who I've followed and admired, posted a meme on his Facebook page that said: SHOULD BASIC BIBLE KNOWLEDGE BE REQUIRED TO BE POPE?
I pretty much knew what would follow. I was right.
The usual nonsense about what Catholic's believe including "worshiping statues" (we don't), "we're forbidden from reading the Bible" (not true), "everything the Pope says is infallible" (it's not), the Blessed Virgin is equal to God (she's not), and my favorite "Catholics aren't Christians" (we are.)
I will be the first to agree that Francis is not the best Pope we've ever had to lead the Church and most days he says things that makes the average pew potato cringe. But to let loose with a bunch of anti-Catholic rhetoric when you know absolutely squat about the doctrine of the Catholic Church is arrogant and loathsome, and I might add, very un-Christian.
I really expected Bill to step in and clarify that the discussion was about the Pope and not some generalized Catholic bashing. He didn't.
Many of my local political "friends" gave the post a thumbs up, but not one of them stepped in to rectify the bashing which leaves me with the impression that they also hold the same anti-Catholic bias.
Let me make something abundantly clear: It would benefit people to clean up their own pigpens before arrogantly thinking they have the duty to clean up their neighbors pigpen. It's particularly repugnant when they know nothing about their neighbors pigs or his pen.
“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” Fulton J. Sheen
Erik Raymond: Being Biblical and unChristian
Ray Sullivan: Debunking Myths about Catholic History
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