Stop Apologizing for Being Catholic

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I love apologetics. I can listen for hours to Bishop Fulton Sheen, Trent Horn, Patrick Coffin, Fr. Larry Richards and the like, explain our faith in different and wonderful ways. However, we need to make sure the laity fully understand what apologetics really is.

When I talk about Catholicism with my colleagues who are repping the St. Benedict medal and Rosary hanging in their car, I don’t witness apologetics; I witness apologies. Why?

Since when did being part of the one true faith, dating back thousands of years, become something that some don’t want to be associated with suddenly? We, the oh so oppressed people of the modern age, beg for forgiveness from the world, the media, our friends.

We plead with them not label us sexist because we support the life of unborn children. We happily deny Natural Law, in order to be inclusive. We avoid discussing shameful sin, in order to not cause waves. It is increasingly apparent that what we really fear above even hell are titles with negative connotations.

Call me a bigot, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe or any other -phobe and I’ll happily lock my faith up in a shed to make sure I’m accepted. Why?

What consequence is so grave that we would be willing to give up our chance of salvation in order to get some pointless social points? We’re Catholic men for goodness sake!

Our ancestors were beaten, mocked, persecuted, hated, and killed in droves for following Christ. And yet, even though we live in one of the most prosperous times in history, why is it that we wave our white flags when the faintest verbal insult is slung at us.

I’m tired of it.

Christ has stood on the front lines taking the brunt of all these attacks for far too long. I’m advocating for us men to stand up with our King, shoulder to shoulder, and help bring back order to his kingdom. How? It doesn’t have to start big and no one is calling for you to grab a sword and revitalize the Crusades. It starts simple.

The next time someone lets their head droop and begins to regretfully talk about their Catholic background, lift it back up and let them know, “It’s okay to be Catholic.”

Those Catholic Men and Exodus 90 inspired me to start my own mission with SIGNUMX, so now I’m challenging you to get up and do the same. We all have talents that God gave us, dust them off the shelf and get to work.

Originally posted on Those Catholic Men.

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Zach Blodgett
Zach Blodgett is husband to his high school sweetheart and father of one, living in sunny San Diego, CA. He loves scouring Youtube for old Fulton Sheen videos, contributing articles to Those Catholic Men, and testing software for a living. In his shrinking free time, he runs his brand SIGNUMX Catholic Apparel where he is trying to make an impact in the Catholic world through threads.
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