There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.—1 John 1:5-10.
For Catholics, the struggle between the Light and dark forces is ongoing. We are in the midst of a mop up operation. A defeated enemy continues to rail in fits against Christ and His Church. (The devil's tantrums would be laughable except for the fact that he fills certain souls with his own hatred for man which results in the suffering of millions at the hands of the devil's minions: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, etc.).
What non-Catholics generally do not understand is that the battle for souls came to a head during the recent Synod. A serious skirmish between the agents of the Light and the agents of darkness broke out. While there have always been heretics working to promote their malicious agendas in the Church, the Catholic Church has remained true to the orthodox doctrine of the Apostles.
St. Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (758-828)
Without whom (the Romans presiding in the seventh Council) a doctrine brought forward in the Church could not, even though confirmed by canonical decrees and by ecclesiastical usuage, ever obtain full approval or currency. For it is they (the Popes of Rome) who have had assigned to them the rule in sacred things, and who have received into their hands the dignity of headship among the Apostles. (Nicephorus, Niceph. Cpl. pro. s. imag. c 25 [Mai N. Bibl. pp. ii. 30]).
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.—2 Peter 2:1
- artificial contraception: Lambeth 1930, Resolution 15.
- divorce and remarriage: King Henry VIII divorced his wives and divorced himself from the Church and reason. Today's protestants are Henry's spiritual and intellectual children.
- abortion: most mainstream protestant denominations are officially pro-abortion.
- same-sex "marriage" permitted by: liberal religionists, definitely; evangelicals, not so much... so far.
Litany of Persecution
... we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.—Ephesians 6:12.