5 Stereotypes That Catholics Wish Would Go Away
People are much deeper than stereotypes. That's the first place our minds go. Then you get to know them and you hear their stories, and you say, 'I'd have never guessed.' - Carson Kressley
Stereotypes are an easy and convenient way to classify groups we don’t really understand, especially when it comes to faith and religion. Catholicism is often perceived as a very rigid, traditionalist and mysterious faith with its incense, bells, crucifixes, statues and rituals. Yet the word “Catholic” means “universal,” and the Catholic faith is open to people of all races, ages, ethnicities and walks of life. Anyone is welcome to attend a Catholic Mass, and most faithful Catholics are eager to share information or answer questions about their faith. Some Catholic traditions may seem strange or unusual on the surface, but make sense once they’re explained. Following are five common Catholic stereotypes and why they are untrue or unfair.