"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important
institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the...
Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students
everyday 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
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.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia.
10% of the Protestant ministers have 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 you 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.