When debating with/talking to non-Catholics and especially non-Christians, how do you deal with the statement that says “You Catholics say that you do X, Y or Z, but you can’t prove that any of you actually do what you say you do”?
it’s happened to me several times recently, including with a non-Catholic family member, and with a Muslim work colleague. One incident concerned the one-hour fast before Communion where I was trying to observe the fast and was told “Nobody else will be fasting for an hour so why are you?” Another incident concerned seminarians and celibacy, the comment was made “You can’t prove that anybody is actually sticking to what they claim to be doing”.
I’m very tempted to ignore comments like these when they arise but part of be feels a bit irritated at the implication of hypocrisy, that we’re all pretending to act in a certain way when we know full well we’re not.
Any thoughts? :shrug: