Monday, August 9, 2010

Fr. Robert Barron on "Anti-Catholicism"

3 comments:

DP Cassidy said...

Dr Beckwith,
With respect, the article Olsen cites is not an example of anti-catholicism, at least in the modern sense. Its simply another example of a problem as ancient as David and Bathsheba - "You have given the enemies of Yahweh the opportunity to blaspheme" - as Paul notes of the same kinds of behavior by those who profess Faith but deny it with their deeds (Romans 2). The article could have been as equally cynical about any number of religious groups, given the context. None of this is to suggest that anti-catholicism is not real ( am sure that it is), but it is to assert that one must distinguish between anti-catholicism per se and disgust with hypocrisy in general. Now as for the hypocrisy of the print media...

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing this video. DP, not sure which video you watched, but the article in reference was clearly a jab at Catholics. Father Barron even pointed out that the use of such language in regard to a Jew in New York would be unacceptable.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised if the same world who hates Jesus, also hates His Church.

DP Cassidy said...

I watched the same video you watched. Religious bigotry takes many forms - a similar jab at a Jewish group or person might be merely religious or it could be ethnic and racist in nature. That's why Fr Olsen's example simply won't fly. I am quite certain that if a group of Rabbis were found to be flouting the Law or acting in other immoral ways, cynical journalists would not hesitate to call attention to the hypocrisy. We should not be surprised at the calamitous joy expressed by anti-religionists when they think they have uncovered more evidence of hypocrisy. You can call that anti-catholicism if you like, but its really a case of anti-religious fervor, much in evidence, calling all who profess the faith to account. I don't like it, but it isn't necessarily bigotry. It can be condescending hypocrisy on the part of the journalist, but our sins are our sins - and when they are public and notorious we should not be surprised that those who are longing for a reason not to believe seize on our failures to exploit and celebrate them.