Let’s start off with a little background:
Earlier today, an acquaintance at school today came up to me before class and said, “Let’s just see how moral your religion really is…”.
I’ll back up a bit and state that she and I have had quarrels on religion before, but I can’t seem to get reason across to her very well.
Anyhow, she asks me what my church (yes, she said “my church”, not the Catholic Church, which was kinda confusing/annoying to me because I know she knows I am Catholic) thought on slavery.
I, jumping ahead to where she might have been going with this, asked, “Well, what kind of slavery do you mean?” (since I thought she might be referring to why there were “slaves” in the Bible).
She said, "You know, just slavery."
I said, now guessing that she meant just Black slavery, "Well, the Church is apposed to slavery."
Then she said, "Does your church (again, it bugged me) support chocolate?"
I said, "What do you mean ‘support chocolate’? The Church doesn’t support any chocolate companies."
And then she started saying things about how chocolate companies were getting chocolate from places that use forced child labor to get their cocoa, and that if my church (again) wasn’t actively supporting this, then we weren’t “moral”, as implied.
I said that since she was the first I heard from about this I couldn’t be too sure as to the truth of the matter. She started saying that I never hear about it because it is hushed up and all I’d have to do is google “chocolate and child slavery”.
So, I came home today and did that. You all can see the google search yourself, if you try. But there does seem to be some truth to the matter. So I ask you:
“How do I defend that the Church isn’t doing anything wrong by not actively supporting this?” and also “Is eating chocolate immoral?”.
I know this has to do with something about material cooperation and such, but I have no idea how I would explain this to a girl that doesn’t even have a religious view, just a sort of “I don’t like religion so I will just create my own world” point-of-view (and even that may not be able to sum it up).
Thank you all for your advice!