Here’s a short piece I posted on an issue where some Catholics seriously harm our cause.
Our goal as Catholics is to share Jesus’ message with the whole world. A big part of this message comes down to credibility. We know the faith is true, but that is not the only aspect of persuasion. If we are credible people beyond faith, then others are far more likely to accept our messages. Promoting conspiracy theories harms our credibility.
The recent tendency of many in the Catholic online sphere to buy into conspiracy theories, nonsense, or pseudoscience has made us less credible, thus less persuasive. We need to stop this.