Editorial: Anti-Catholic Sentiments Still Accepted in America

September 3, 2003

Source: Beliefnet.com


On September 3, 2003 Beliefnet.com ran an editorial from the May 2003 issue of Catalyst by Philip Jenkins, a professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, in which he argues that "Catholic-Bashing" is "America's Last Acceptable Prejudice." He writes, "Over the years, we have come to expect that media treatments of the Church, its clergy and its faithful will be negative, if not highly offensive, and Catholic organizations try to confront the worst manifestations of prejudice." He goes on to argue that "similarly controversial attacks would be tolerated against literally no other group, whether that group is religious, political or ethnic."