Have You Seen This?

Excerpts of an article written by Sam  Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman– who is NOT a  Catholic.

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta  on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the  United States , namely the Catholic Church?

Do you  know–the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at  the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the  other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars.  The  graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.  

The Church has 230 colleges and  universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000  students.

The Catholic Church has a non-profit  hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment  of 1 out of every 5 people–not just Catholics–in the United States  today

But the press is vindictive and trying to  totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country.  They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church,  which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of  marriage.

Let me give you some figures that  Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300  Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a  parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a  study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported  unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually  harassed.

Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has  been found guilty of pedophilia.  10% of the Protestant ministers  have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.  

A study of American priests showed that  most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had  expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be  priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been  receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from  self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered  is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a  small number of wayward priests that have probably been weeded out by  now.

Walk with your shoulders high and you head  higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental  agency in the United States. Then remember what Jeremiah said: ‘Stand  by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good  way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls’.  Be proud  to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what  your Church does for all other religions.

Be  proud that you’re a Catholic.

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