How are we to go about this?
I have recently spoken to a colleague of mine who claims to both be Catholic and believe that all religions are true (and that he has a crow as is “spirit animal.” Because, yeah, THAT’S TOTALLY SOMETHING CATHOLICS CAN HAVE). Any attemp to correct him on this was met with “You’re just a Bible-thumper” along with loaded statements like “You’re basically saying [off-base interpretation],” “Don’t judge” and “I know more than you do about being Catholic.”
We also have a mutual friend who has shown interest in the Catholic faith. But any time the topic comes up between us 3, I get lambasted as a “Bible-thumper” that “Catholics can have/do [intrinsically un-Catholic thing] and [Catholic practice] is the same as [slightly-similar practice that isn’t Catholic].”
For starters, the mutual friend says she is currently [religion] in the same way one would say “I’m Polish” or “I’m Thai,” and while I tell her that no, religion is not genetic, the colleague chides me for “not understanding her faith.”
How do I answer this nonsense and other gems from the "Catholic in Name Only* colleague?