Yesterday`s blog-post was meant to be a wee bit of a chuckle about the upcoming May 21, 2011 Judgment Day proclaimed by Harold Camping from Family Radio Worldwide. I purposely didn`t use the word wacko in my post. I was thinking it. But I didn`t say or write it. Oops…
Anti-religious propaganda and hatred seem to be increasing. It probably always existed. What didn`t always exist (and still doesn`t in many parts of the world) is freedom of speech and easy accessibility to world-wide media. Great minds and small now have equal opportunity to make their voices and their opinions heard. Some days the wacko extremely unique voices are drowning out the rational ones.
As Catholics, we`ve experienced a fair share of derogatory labels and persecution over the years. Recent events have prompted a colourful litany of adjectives on discussion boards to describe the Catholic Church in the midst of scandal and leadership crises. And, we`ve dished it out in heaping mounds ourselves.
It`s hard to resist some down-home name-calling of doomsday cults like Mr. Camping`s. After all, for all its uniqueness, it is the core of another person`s belief. So, I`ll try to take the high road and keep the respectability of this blog intact. But, can I bring out the W- word on May 22nd?