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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 28 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

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RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

The Catholic church has been instrumental in a lot of things both good and bad in its long history.

I've gained a new respect for it over the past several years; at the same time, I've lost a lot of respect for a number of other churches out there (including the LDS church). This doesn't mean that I'm planning to convert, I still believe (note naysayers, I said "believe" not "know") that (organized) religion is one of the most evil things ever devised by men.

Vanka
Provo, UT

There is no doubt Western Civilization owes a great deal to Catholicism. Fortunately, however, Catholicism owes just as much to Greek Philosophy, Roman politics, and Pagan mythology.

It is probably not quite accurate to say Western Civilization owes a great deal to Catholicism. Rather, it is more accurate to say Western Civilization developed and evolved along with Catholicism.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Vanka,

"Rather, it is more accurate to say Western Civilization developed and evolved along with Catholicism."

I agree with this. One could probably say WE owe something as we are a result. But as "owing" is a debt. I'd say the primary thing we are in debt to is the knowledge they have passed down. I'd have to think that preserving records and history as accurately and openly as we can would be the best way to repay what they've given us.

The Catholic Church as a whole did great things. Whether they are bad or not may have been a result of the morality of the people as a whole at that time, or the few in power. I don't know that we can know which all too perfectly. But I do believe that recognizing individuals for the contributions would be equally as important, whether that be Thomas Aquinas or anyone else.

As much as the formation of this body has affected our world today, the only thing of real consequence is how we live our lives today. Preserving our past and how we live as a people today, and govern today- these things matter more, imo.

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