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5 Reasons the Catholic Church is respected

Updated on August 11, 2013
The Catholic Church is still strong.
The Catholic Church is still strong. | Source
The Church has been instrumental in human resource development.
The Church has been instrumental in human resource development. | Source

1.Contribution to education

Numerous congregations of the Catholic Church have participated for years in the educational development of people in various countries around the world. Catholic schools and colleges are known for their top-class pedagogy and general commitment to value education. Some of the most backward countries in the world are almost entirely dependent on the Catholic Church to shore up their literacy figures.

2.Solidity of doctrine

The teachings of the Catholic Church have not changed in the 2000 years that it has been in existence. What the apostles preached is what is still being preached from the pulpits. This is in sharp contrast to numerous Protestant and Pentecostal Churches that have modified traditional teachings over the course of time.

3.Unity

Despite being the world's single largest religious group, with close to 1.2 billion adherents, the Catholic Church displays a remarkable unity. Catholics from around the world hold on to the same beliefs, and more often than not, put up a united front with regard to issues like abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty.

4.Enculturation

Unlike the numerous Protestant denominations, Catholicism embraces regional cultures and promotes them. For example, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the blessed virgin is often dressed and venerated in a saree, the traditional attire of the women of the region. Indigenous beliefs and Catholicism coexist in Latin America and Mexico. the manner of worship in African Churches has numerous elements of local tribal culture.

5.Charity

The Catholic Church is the world's largest and most effective non-governmental organisation. It consciously identifies with the poor and actively works for their emancipation in an increasingly capitalistic world. As a result, poor people the world over have a very positive opinion of the Catholic Church.

Millions of poor people around the world have benefited from the generosity of the Catholic Church.
Millions of poor people around the world have benefited from the generosity of the Catholic Church. | Source

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      Natasha Pelati 3 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting hubs!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Rohan, these are all the very positive aspects of the Catholic Church founded by Christ Himself. Welcome to Hub Pages. You're a very good addition here.

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am a Catholic, and so are my parents, grandparents and great grandparents! We've been Catholic for over 500 years! And btw, there are over 20 million Catholics in India!

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      Angelme566 3 years ago

      So you're not a Hindu ? Your traditional is very strict , how is it then ?

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you for the interesting perspective... I have grown up in a Catholic family and still practice the religion. I have been in the catholic youth movement, which allowed me to look at both the old and new of the religion from a vantage point...

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      You present a very interesting perspective here, Rohan, that is well written and considered. Oftentimes, if it is not one's own religion people have a tendency to disregard the positive aspects of another faith. My husband was raised Catholic and has an uncle who is a priest and aunt who is a nun. I am not Catholic but wouldn't argue the importance of education and charity, for example. Welcome to HubPages!