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The Critics Rave! - by Mark Shea

As a guy who's done a bit of chatting about the Catholic Faith with folks, one of the things that has struck me over the years is the sheer fecundity of the human mind in giving reasons not to be Catholic. To a young Catholic or a new convert, such overwhelming fertility in repudiating the Faith can be rather daunting. A trip to an Internet list group, for example, can be a bit like drinking from a fire hose of anti-Catholic rhetoric. One can simply be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it all.
This is, however, all to the good for the intrepid Catholic who takes seriously the fact that "in everything God works for the good with those who love him" (Romans 8:28). So when life serves you lemons, make lemonade! I do so by keeping careful track of reasons not to believe.

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  1. The writer does make a good point that Protestants are overly critical of the Catholic Church, and some of the blame lies in the fact that baby-boomers were one to respect authority of our pastors/leaders who sometimes told us "fables" about the Catholic Church.


    On the other hand as one married to Roman Catholic for over 40 years, one gets to experience first-hand the pain inflicted by well-meaning Catholics. Having experienced the lashing from Roman Catholics who inflicted as much pain as the Romans did to Jesus. The most damming comes from fundamentalist Catholics who use such terms such as "there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church", and "the fullness of truth exists only in the Catholic Church"

    The most convincing evidence for Catholicism is those who put their faith into practice without saying a doctrinal word. Such as pro-lifers who show concern for the unborn and compassion for the mothers. These people more than any other have convinced me of the authenticity of the Catholic church


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