For those who have never heard of Loraine Boettner, he was an anti-Catholic writer who wrote the book Roman Catholicism back in the early 1960’s. His book became the ‘go to’ guide for all other anti-Catholic personalities, not only from that time, but up until today. Many of them may not know this, but he is the guy they are quoting.
His thoughts and ideas are so pervasive in the anti-Catholic community that one would find it difficult to find a negative statement about the Catholic Church that didn’t come from him.
Sadly, many Catholics are not well enough versed in their faith and these statements and stories strike home and lead many to leave the faith.
Here is a tract from Catholic Answers that does a great job of explaining how these ideas are presented in such a way that they sound plausible, even historical. But they are not.
For about a ten year period of my life, I literally had almost no Catholic friends or co-workers. The friends and co-workers I did have were nearly all anti-Catholic, hard core fundamentalist or evangelical protestants who spared no effort in trying to convert me. I was fed a steady diet of “Roman Catholicism” for most of that time.
Fortunately, when I was going through this, I asked questions. I looked for answers. But I didn’t take the word of those who were trying to convert and ‘save’ me, I went to the source – The Catholic Church – with my questions.
I began reading books on Catholicism by actual Catholics. I sought out and found sources of Catholic Apologetics. I found explanations for all of the objections that had been thrown at me.
I learned my faith.
A lot of the people I love – family and friends – didn’t do that and they have fallen away. They have accepted the lies and errant information given them by people who have no idea what they are talking about when they talk about the Catholic Church. (They also stopped trying to convert me years ago, though I rather wish they would start up with me again. :-))
If you would like to learn just a little bit about the book, Roman Catholicism and how to recognize when you are being pounded with it, take a short look at this tract from Catholic Answers. You may recognize what you see and have an ‘Aha moment’.
There’s a well-known story—probably untrue—about a U.S. Senate race in a Southern state some years ago. One candidate realized that he would have difficulty winning if he took the high road, so he decided to employ the confusion factor.
In the cities, his campaigning was unobjectionable, but he thought he could fool the folks in the countryside. When he made a speech in a small town (and when he was sure no journalists were around), he would refer to his opponent and his opponent’s family using words chosen to mislead—for example, saying his opponent’s sister was a “thespian” (actress) and that his brother was an acknowledged homo sapiens (human being). To the inattentive ear he seemed to be accusing his opponent and his relatives of all sorts of perversions. Although everything the candidate said was accurate, the impression he gave was wrong.
Depending on which version of the story one hears, this man either won the election by a whisker or was revealed to be the scoundrel that he was.
The Confusion Factor Again
Similar posturing comes from the mouths and pens of some professional anti-Catholics. Much of what they accuse the Catholic Church of believing or doing is accurate, but is tainted by innuendo.