False Impressions

17 Mar

Not 100 in the United States hate the Roman Catholic Church, but millions hate what they mistakenly think the Roman Catholic Church is. — Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

I find this to be so very true.  It is interesting, and no matter what anyone may try to do, that impression just does not seem to go away.

What do you think about this?

Is the impression had true or false?

I find that what people say they hate or don’t like is an idea they have of something, not what is actually is.  Of course, there are stereotypes and people who actually fit into those stereotypes, but that number is very few.

Why do people judge a whole group of people based on one persons take or input?

This is something I have noticed too, when I am talking about religious life to people who are not Catholic.  I am not going into this thing where I am going to be a cookie cutter shape of a nun, ya know?  Each person still has their own person to be.  Sure, on the outside the Salesian Sisters wear the same thing, but that does not mean they are all the same people.  Stereotypes stink!

What do you think, do those in religious life have strong stereotypes?

What kind of stereotypes are there out there?

Millions hate what they think the Roman Catholic church is.  For those of us who are Catholic and working in the church, we need to find a way to reach out and let people know who we are.  Of course, this means having some understanding within Catholicism as well.

What do you think the Roman Catholic Church is?

How does one battle what people mistakenly think it is?

How is a better understanding achieved?

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Uncategorized


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