This rings true to anyone who confesses the Catholic faith, which is why we quote it so often.
In the 21st century, one could, along the lines of the someday-to-be-canonized saint's thought, reformulate that in any number of specific ways. Here is one: There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality.
Well, what does the Catholic Church actually teach about homosexuality?
I would challenge anyone who has anger or who formerly had anger toward the Catholic Church about this issue to answer three questions:
- Where did you first hear the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality? (e.g., a newspaper? Catholic schoolteacher? Family member? Priest?)
- What did your source actually say?
- (Don't answer this question until you have answered the first two...) How does that compare to a careful reading of paragraphs 2357-2359 in this link?
I am genuinely interested in your responses. Feel free to use the combox below if you wish.
There's no shame in having an erroneous assumption about what a group of people believes; there is only shame in refusing to let go of that assumption.