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A Layman's Plea for Tolerance of Catholics Comments

For all those inclined to revile the Church and what it stands for, practicing Catholics like me have a humble request - attend any mass at any time at any Catholic church in the world.  It won't take more than an hour of your time, you won't be asked to convert, and I can promise you that the priest will encourage you to do only one thing - love thy neighbor as you might love yourself.   Continue Reading

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  1. vance
    2 years ago

    Great article. Yes we Catholics are targets of the secular society. It sounds as though the article suggests that we need some strong leadership to combat the heavy onslaught of persecution from a hostile anti-Catholic society. Yes, I agree but where is that leadership of a Cardinal Newman or a Thomas Moore. Bishop Chaput seems to be a leader of that stature.

  2. judy claar
    2 years ago

    Jason D. Trennet: Excellent article. Blessings...

  3. ernest lunda
    2 years ago

    Thanks for this article,am proud to be catholic,thanks once more again and may God bless you always.

  4. Paul-Emile Leray
    2 years ago

    A very nice article. It isn't presumptuous at all. As a matter of fact, it goes well with what a Spanish Jesuit told me a few weeks ago in Asia that good members in the laity do more to attract people to the Catholic Church than the priests themselves do. Bravo for your courage to write how you feel.
    Paul-Emile Leray

  5. Mark
    2 years ago

    A wonderful article, befitting of our wonderful Church. I am a proud English Catholic, ever more convinced that the "moral reboot" (Bill Donahue) that society desperately needs can only be provided by the values of the Universal Church.
    For a better understanding of those values, the majesty of the Church and its illustrious history, I would recommend two books I read over Christmas:
    "How the Catholic Church built western civilization" by Thomas Woods, and
    "Why Catholicism matters" by Bill Donahue (of the Catholic League).
    Also, please visit which debunks many of the myths surrounding the issue of clerical abuse.
    God bless all readers and a blessed 2013 to you and the Church.

  6. DLL
    2 years ago

    Catholics stand for orthodox and traditional presentations of faith,family,life,truth and a Eucharistic community all centered in the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Apostoles. The Church and its teachings are for all time and tradition. Because of this they are really always in touch with all people of every age and in every country. Trendie thinking of an any age come and go. Style changes as does the trends of the age. The teachings of the Catholic Church are rock steady and always reliable. This is why the Catholic Church takes so much abuse. No one wants to really believe this. The Church is like a parent that cannot be argued with because in a Christ centered faith,the teachings of the Church are simply the truth,because Christ is the way the truth and the life,the perfect pathway to God the Father and Creator of all. What is Sacred is just that,as is what is profane remains profane. Wrong can never be right. Thank you for this excellent article.

  7. Lazarus
    2 years ago

    Thanks so much for this great message. Jesus told Peter that the gates of the netherworld can never hold out against the Church. I only wish those who stand against the Church will learn from the Church's history. This Church called CATHOLIC CHURCH has won so many battles and will continue to win. The blood of Martyrs is the seed of Christians!

  8. MaryEllen
    2 years ago

    Love live our Church! These are difficult times. My experience has been that even the protestants look to the Church for spiritual leadership now. On this holy day of January 1, let us ask Mary for her help to keep Jesus center in our lives.

  9. abey
    2 years ago

    The Bible says serve "God or Mammon" & where Mammon promotes Gay relationship which is an Abomination unto God, quiet clearly & where a Catholic becomes Complacent to that, then he unwittingly serves Mammon & his Jesus is another Jesus. Today's preachings are seen more to the Convenience that to its fulness, the very cause of the Apostasy, much contrary to that preached & held by Jesus , Apostles, Prophets & the Saints, for none of them compromised on the word of God for any reasons whatsoever even unto the word tolerance. As far as the hatred against the Church it should be noted that Freemasonry/Witchcraft, sworn enemies of the Catholic Church, whose initiations result in undue deep Spiritual hatred in all the deceit & it is this hatred in its many forms.which is reflected onto Christ. & his people who are just the opposite. Living in the Good & Evil is to say living by the forbidden fruit., for today's reality to the fall need not be the truth of Tomorrow, in the rise.

  10. erwin evales
    2 years ago

    This is a very inspiring article specially here in the Philippines where The RH bill is already signed into law by our president. About 80% of filipinos are catholics are we are proud of that, but with this Law it divides our faithful into those who said they are practicing Catholics but do not agree with the church on its stand on the issue. Is this consistent with our faith, the faith in Christ Jesus. The holy eucharist which is the summit of the practice of our faith should be the ultimate act for us Catholics, genuinely and actively participate in the mystery of this sacrament and our life should be lived consistent of what Christ wants to be - like him. (Eucharistic consistency). Hoping that in this year of FAith we should not only a passive catholic looking in the sideline, but actively understand what we believe in and professing what we belive. That is faith.

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