To Hate is easy - To Love is hard. It is easy to lash out at 'stupid' instead of instructing, a fault I am guilty of. Recently I did this with the Anne Rice apostasy.
Those who hate search out those who will confirm them in their hate and bigotry instead of those who will challenge it. This is, of course, why news outlets seek out stories of hate - they are easy to find and easy to talk about. Since MSM hates Christians, Catholic Christians in particular, they used Anne to confirm their hate and give proof to their bigotry.
["It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong." GKC]
Robert Lockwood put it nicely when he said, "We live in a world where media reflect the prejudices of the times. Frankly, media have always done that. The image portrayed of Catholics — anti-science, anti-gay, anti-humanism, even anti-Democrat — fits a preconceived bigotry, a picture of Catholics that has nothing to do with the reality of who Catholics are and what they believe.
There are two unfortunate results to Anne Rice’s public departure from the faith: she gave another excuse, as if media needs one, for their preconceived bigotry, and she is no longer with us.
We need to respond to the first. We need to pray for the second."
He also answers each of her objections. We should all have these answers at hand because Anne is not the only one who is a wondering sheep.
The most important question we need to ask is "Who was pasturing her?" The problem with us Catholics is that once a soul has entered or reentered the Church we leave these young ones alone and think everything is going to go fine. We need to stay with them until they they get their adult teeth and become meat eaters.
Bigotry of Christians is the one thing being taught by the media because we are in the way and we just won't shut-up. Yes we are carefully taught.
2 years ago