We humans are a funny breed. At one moment, we are arguing with a family member, growing more and more angry.
But if someone else were to make a disparaging remark about that family member, we would probably be the first to rush to his or her defense—even to the point of becoming combative against the other person!
A similar thing happens when it comes to our Church. We may complain about our parish council. We may make some negative remarks about our bishop or a position taken by the Vatican. But as soon as someone from a non-Catholic tradition criticizes our Church, maybe even voicing the same criticism we had, we can be very quick to put aside our critiques and defend the faith. We may even try to prove how the other person’s religion is inferior.
The goal of this article is not to enter into theological or spiritual disputes. Our goal is to encourage all of…
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