Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The anti-Catholic mentality

Cor ad cor loquitur:
" It occurred to me that anti-Catholic vs. Catholic dynamics are analogous to the 'generation gap' (as they said in the 60s when I was growing up). 'Don't trust anyone over 30' (which really meant 'don't trust anyone born before 1940 or so' -- two of the Beatles, after all, were born in 1940). 'Don't trust any Catholic enough to be able to learn anything from them.' It fits, doesn't it? It's the 'us vs. them' mentality. Catholics MUST be wrong because, well, they are the 'them.' It's demonization of the opponent. 'He's an old fogey with grey hair and a bunch of goofy habits and beliefs; what does he know?' 'The Catholic Church is an old barnacle-encrusted spiritually dead hulk of a ship, with all its outmoded, unbiblical traditions.' It is a result of 500 years of more or less deliberate smearing propaganda. This is the milieu into which anti-Catholics are thrown. It's more than simply intellectual."

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