Nov. 16, 2005, 11:35 a.m.

On Misrepresentation

Sometimes when I'm surfing the TV for some good shows, I encounter some evangelists who attack the Church saying all sorts of things that we supposedly adhere to, which are not true at all. Sometimes they say this is what Catholics believe when in fact it's not. One example is the use of statues or some pictures, which they say we worship. We don't worship them! Only God is worshipped! They say we hate the bible and wanted to hide it from the people. No. Without the Church, there will not be any bible! It's the Church who actually preserved the bible through all these centuries. Only monks copied the holy book by hand. The printing press was only invented in the 16th century (or was it 15th?).

I can go on and on... I'm becoming annoyed. But no matter what others may say or do, we should continue to be faithful to the deposit of faith that was handed down from generation to generation. As St. Paul said to the Thessalonians of the first century, "stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thess 2.15). Maybe this is the reason why the Catechism of the Catholic Church was written without any polemical style, just proclaiming the faith, without going into the beliefs of others of different religion. In the end, we are all brothers and sisters of one Father, God!

Semper fidelis!