Q. 1. I frequently hear the expression "anti-Catholic sentiments." Can you explain to me what this means in plain language?
A. 1. "Anti-Catholic sentiments" is hostility towards, or opposition to the Catholic faith, especially against the Catholic Church, its bishops and clergy, and its followers. Such hostility is usually based on ignorance of the facts. These hostile individuals who have dulled their conscience, with or without intent, practice character assassination. To them, it is easier to slander than it is to educate themselves through research of the truth.
A perfect example of this is the recent report that was released by the United Nations on February 5, 2014 on the subject of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Kirsten Sandberg, the chairperson of the United Nations human rights committee on the rights of the child, was appointed to investigate the problem of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and to report back to the United Nations on the matter.
While the role of the committee was strictly to investigate the problem of sexual abuse, being unable to grasp the distinction between the responsibilities and jurisdiction of the Holy See, and local churches on the ground, it displayed extreme anti-Catholic sentiments, not only in the matter of sexual abuse, but also on the subjects of abortion, birth control and homosexuality. Having stepped beyond its investigative boundary on the matter of sexual abuse, the report of the committee was a shocking display of ignorance and high-handedness.
This perfect example of anti-Catholic sentiments has destroyed the credibility of the United Nations in its role to report the truth. Accordingly, one now wonders if any of the past or future reports of the United Nations bear any truth to them. It appears, based on the report of February 5, 2014, that they can simply be a reflection of the personal beliefs and hatred held by those who prepare the reports. It should be noted that the committee's call to reconsider abortion ran against the United Nations treaty's own objectives to protect the life of children before and after birth. So when a committee opposes the mandate of the organization that appointed it, what fruit can such a committee bear? None!
Such is a perfect example of "anti-Catholic sentiments."