I am writing to request advice. I went out to dinner with several coworkers. One coworker lives with her boyfriend and is very open about it. She often goes on about how she is against all organized religion, says religion is the cause of all wars etc. She is young and emotionally immature but overall is nice. However, tonight she made comment that I won`t repeat here referring to Catholic priests, boys, and the sexual abuse scandals. I was so shocked that a
I was so stunned that I didn`t say anything and then the conversation shifted. One of my other coworkers is Catholic too and I think she felt uncomfortable. Normally I try to say how the majority of priests are wonderful etc and that the church is made up of sinners. I feel like whenever I try to defend priests of integrity with non-Catholics, it is interpreted as defending the few priests that have sinned. I agree it was wrong of church leaders to have moved priests from parish to parish when they knew those priests had abused children and I agree more needs to be done to preven this from happening.
I am embarrassed and ashamed about all of the scandals and I am praying for all priests, for the church, and for victims of abuse.
Does anyone have advice on how they have responded to rude comments regarding the Church and our priests? I am trying to think of a one or two sentence response. Is it better to just say “I find that remark/comment offensive” and leave it at that?