Linking up with California to Korea for 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism Vol. III.
The Catholic world has turned out the most and the most quality literature, fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, since its founding. Chances are, if you pick up a classic novel post-Jesus, it was written by a Catholic. The Reformation throws the balance somewhat, but even then, the traditions from which so many of the Protestant authors draw is steeped in Catholic Tradition. Even those pieces that are far from Christian in their aims are Catholic in their themes: they deal with questions of existence, the ugliness of original sin, true love, forgiveness, joy and sorrow, sacrifice. Things that the Church embraces in her exquisite maternal embrace of all things human. I mean, how honored are the lowly, that God would take on our menial existences and make them the center of truth and beauty in the Incarnation?
Everything said above. Word for word.
You know that little ol' institution called the university? Built by Catholics for Catholics, refined by Catholics, higher education in the west is what it is today because of the Catholic Church. Not going to bother citing this, as I assume it's common knowledge. And if you didn't know that, it's as easy as looking it up in a library. (The modern library--also a Catholic credited institution. Thank you monks of the Dark Ages!)