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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Excerpts from an article written by non-Catholic; Sam Miller - a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:

"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States , namely the Catholic Church?

Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today.

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church , 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now and a number of bishops who failed to act.

Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States .

Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

Be proud that you're a Catholic."

Michael Medved is another Jew who has vehemently defended the Catholic Church. He actually said that the most prevalent form of religious bias in America is "...not antisemitism, not anti-radical Islam, but... anti-Catholicism."

Comments

I have only one personal comment

where i lived in New Jersey there were originally 3 hospitals in near by towns
one was catholic - one was a large general hospital - one a small private special hospital but did have an emergency room

slowly the catholic hospital bought up the other two
it became the only hospital in the area

when I needed gyn hospital services because of a enlarged cyst i could not go to any of those buildings
my gyn doctor no longer had hospital privileges
doctors in his practice did abortions

the facilities controlled by the catholic hospital would not give rape victims the morning after pill.
since these were the facilities the police HAD to take rape victims to by law - this went into court
the women won the right to the drug

the church gets a bad name when it tries to impose its views on others who are not of that belief

but bishops who knew of predatory priests and did not report the crime are responsible for all the bad feelings in and out of the church
a crime is a crime - it is criminal to aid and abet a crime - sexual assault is a crime!
would it be the same if there was a string of burglaries committed by priests and the bishop knew and hid the burglar? - would not the bishop be liable?

there is a problem
there is no way to avoid talking about it

Medved is well known here
he has his own drum to bang for his own purposes


Edited at 2018-08-25 14:08 (UTC)
Like Miller and Medved, I've had enough negativity.

So I'm closing this web-site and sticking with Facebook and Twitter.
negativity???
Here???
i thought we were having civil discussion
i wouldn't touch either Facebook or twitter - that's where the trolls hang out
i hope you change your mind
you impress me with your openness
i enjoy your images of Ireland and its culture
i enjoy your topics and your comments
you are a highlight of my friends list
I know there are many good priests and good Catholics. I like the Pope. Please stay, I enjoy your posts.