The Very Cool Archbishop Sheen
There is surely more than 100 people today in the United States who hate The Catholic Church. It has become very popular to come out in opposition to what the Church stands for. The truth is that many of the people today who hate the Church are highly educated and very well informed as to what the Catholic Church is. This is actually good news. One of the reasons the Church's enemies have become so strong is there has never been a time when the Truth that the Church has always taught has stood so justly against the wickedness and snares of the devil. The 100 people who hated the Catholic Church in the 1950s has grown exponentially and in proportion to the fact that never before have so many Catholics, and others for that matter, been so well informed as to what the Church believes. Catholics today, especially young ones, have unprecedented access to huge amounts of information, documents, dialogue and every resource imaginable relating to the Church. Just look at what Christians have today that was not available in Archbishop Sheen's day: the entire Bible online and indexed; the documents of the Second Vatican Council are at your fingertips; every encyclical, apostolic letter, exhortation; The Catechism of the Catholic Church! So why does it seem that the enemies of the Church are growing while the devout are waning? Because it's no longer enough to say, "I'm Catholic." There was a time when Catholics could just be Catholic; but, the challenge today is to know what that means and to be aware of what it doesn't mean. Archbishop Sheen once said, "If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave." How cool is that?
There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
- The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
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