Many non-Catholics regard the Church with perplexity or dislike because of “myths,” or misconceptions, about her, or about her teaching or practice. I used to believe some of these myths before my conversion, and could say the same as another Protestant turned Catholic, Msgr. Ronald Knox, when asked, “Did the Church of Rome come up to your expectations?” Knox replied, “No, thank God it didn’t. Because I was expecting the wrong things.”
For those coming from an Evangelical Protestant background, some myths run a common thread along denominational lines. Some common myths include the idea that Catholics worship Mary, Catholics must earn

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