I was shocked, saddened, and frustrated at my lack of response this morning as I found out from someone who often attends daily Mass (but who we haven’t seen much lately until today) that he has been attending Sunday service at a non-Catholic church with a pastor that he has been doing bible study with. He even assists with the service in some way and he and the pastor had discussed starting a church. Yet, he still plans on coming to daily Mass, but worshipping in another church on Sundays. He mentioned this all somewhat matter-of-factly.
In my shock and grief, all I could manage to say was “Don’t you think that’s a conflict of interest?” He apparently didn’t think so. I do believe that he has a great love, hunger, and devotion to our Lord, but couldn’t think of any words of wisdom – perhaps for the best. Any words of advice or resources I can lead him to? I think I have some tapes on “How I Led Catholics Out of the Church” (I forget by whom) that I’ll put in the car in case I see him again, and tell our pastor and give him a heads-up that I might try to send him his way.