(Original post by Ethereal)
One of the things that causes me so much turmoil
People usually misunderstand Catholic attitudes and communities. When you've been hounded so much over the years in various corners; it's only natural that the community is very tight knit and upstanding in faith.
Post-reformation England STILL culturally demonises the Catholic faith out of tradition. In the media, you still see anti-Catholic pieces that 9/10 are written based on an popularly accepted lie and there's never any opportunity for a rebuttal from theologists or Catholics on the matter. It makes me sad. The child abuse scandal in particular: it's never mentioned that more children (sadly) have been abused by their own family members, than priests. Other religious groups have also been tarred with the same, awful scandals but these are never mentioned and I firmly believe that's because the English have been historically indoctrinated by the state, to think badly of the Catholic faith. You never, ever hear about all the good CAFOD is doing in the british press...
As a historian; I read books about Catholic persecution around 1536, then come downstairs and realise that the same bigoted, blinkered attitudes are still very much alive in my own parents. Who know NOTHING about the faith, yet still choose to think badly of it based on a few biased news items.