My sister (the older one) sent this to me...and I have to admit that I was kind of surprised to have her email something like this to me. She is one of those quiet Catholics. She may not join my younger sister and me in wearing uber-Catholic shirts or share our love of the Latin mass...but she's pretty Catholic in her own way. As different as her ways may be from my own, she's still right on target when it comes to most of the important stuff and she has certainly helped me in the formation of my own spiritual life in her own special ways (just don't tell her I said so).
|Another one of Pater Eddie Dwyer's works....|
Anyway, here goes:
A Jewish view on Catholics (not a joke) A must read
Jewish man named Sam Miller on Catholics
(Excerpts of 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 every day 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.
***[There was some issue regarding the stats on abuse by Protestants clergy...so I ommitted them just in case...as I have been unable to find the real figure.] *** 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.
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."
Please pass this on to every Catholic or Christian on your e-mail list.
Thank you,Hope this helps anyone out there who is already sick and tired of the slanted views on Catholicism we're getting from quite a few newspapers, disgruntled (and misguided) feminists, and all those militant atheists on personal vendettas. Our mother Church may not be perfect, but she's mine and I love her. With this said...keep standing tall fellow Catholics and do what you can to live your faith...even if the rest of the world hates you for it.