"The Catholic tends to see society as a 'sacrament' of God, a set of ordered relationships, governed by both justice and love, that reveal, however imperfectly, the presence of God. Society is 'natural' and 'good,' therefore, for humans and their 'natural' response to God is social. The Protestant, on the other hand, tends to see human society as 'God-forsaken' and therefore unnatural and oppressive. The individual stands over against society and not integrated into it. The human becomes fully human only when he is able to break away from social oppression and relate to the absent God as a completely free individual."
Andrew Greeley, The Catholic Myth