The first time this happened to me was the group "Pro-Life ROCKS!" One day, I checked my news feed and found this little tidbit:
When I and several other Catholics attempted to defend our faith, our posts were deleted.
Now it's happened again with the group Abolish Human Abortion. First, one of their page admins posted an anti-Catholic screed (as related by The Crescat). When many Catholics objected to this attack on their faith, the following open letter was posted.
The letter writer claims:
Those who call us "anti-Catholic" are entirely misled, and in using that label reveal that they have very little understanding of the actual issues at hand.
As a matter of fact, it shows that the letter writer (who identifies himself as "Rhology") has very little understanding as to what constitutes anti-Catholicism.
Rhology makes the following claims in his letter:
Our positions are fundamentally incompatible, and both sides accept that.
One of us has biblical justification for saying what we say, and the other does not. (Quick, someone better tell the folks at ScriptureCatholic to take their website down!)
We do not affirm the same gospel as the Roman Catholic Church.
We are not the first, nor will we be the last, people to be Gospel-focused and doing our best to proclaim the glorious Gospel of grace to people who by their own admission have a different Gospel
The prefix "anti-" means "against," or "opposite of." Therefore, one who is "anti-Catholic" is against or opposed to Catholicism. Based on Rhology's statements above, he is indeed anti-Catholic. I honestly don't see how he can claim otherwise.
What frustrates me most in the entire letter is the following statement:
Being called "anti-Catholic" for proclaiming the Gospel, being evangelical, and arguing against various points of Roman theology is just wrong.I'm frustrated because neither Rhology nor the author of the original screed (they may be the same person; I'm not certain) were doing any of that. Is it proclaiming the Gospel to call fellow Christians who love and serve Jesus Christ "satanic"? Is it being evangelical to attack the very Church that Jesus established (as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew)? Is it really "arguing against various points of Roman theology" when one merely throws out baseless and fatuous claims that take only a few minutes on Google to prove completely false?
For example - Rhology talks about "Roman theology" and "Roman Catholicism." He completely ignores the other rites of the Catholic Church. Like so many anti-Catholics, he doesn't take the time to learn facts about the Church; he merely parrots Jack Chick tracts as though they were the word of God.
So, tell me, who exactly is preaching a false gospel?
I'm issuing a challenge here and now to Rhology and any AHA members who agree with him:
See for yourself what the Catholic Church teaches. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Read the tracts at Catholic.com. Read the posts at Little Catholic Bubble. Contact me (either by leaving a comment on my blog, or via the links to my e-mail, Facebook page, or Twitter account, above) and start a discussion with me about any aspect of the Catholic faith.
But please, don't remain ignorant. If you are going to disagree with the Catholic Church, that's perfectly all right -- but have the courtesy to disagree with Her actual teachings instead of what you mistakenly think She teaches.
There is one thing Rhology and I can agree on:
While the above is a rebuke, yes, it is a rebuke offered in love. This fight is far from over and our friends in the pro-life movement have, we pray, plenty of time to take up the good fight, to retake up the best weapon in our arsenal - the Gospel of Jesus Christ - consistently, firmly, foundationally, and in the foremost position. Take it up, wield it, use it.Amen, Rhology. And may you and those who think like you come to realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is fulfilled in the teachings of the Church that He established as the pillar and ground of truth (1 Tim 3:15).