Maybe I have thin skin but I have definitely noticed something quite discouraging at my University Center. First, we have a large number of associates (non-student/faculty) members who are here through some connection to the university, or in the case of many, because every other parish is too conservative (which isn’t saying much considering one of the local parishes). Anyway, they definitely fall into the Modernist camp and they provide most of the funding.
Recently during the Petitions, I have begun to add one “For An End to Abortion” since the individuals in charge won’t add that petition because it might upset people, I think it is a mistake and I pray it anyway. We have a custom of opening up the petitions to the community after the written petitions, that is when I add this one.
I have received numerous glares for this and one time I was even approached by someone who wanted to talk to me after Mass. I agreed, feeling charitable, and combative. This person proceeded to offer an apology for abortion and a critique of the “unenlightened” Catholic teaching. He explained that the Church’s teaching on abortion has been changing (something I pointed out was false – didache), that what is classified as an abortion has changed (false – killing a infant in womb is abortion), and that when life begins is really up for debate because science has changed and proved false much of what the church has taught (false – conception is when somehow, someway, by God’s grace, a life is created in the womb, science aside). He then told me he hoped I would open my eyes and come to a better understanding of the issue and see that it isn’t black and white. I told him I hoped he would read the Church’s teaching and save himself.
Also at Mass, there has been a tendency of counter-petitions. Never that overt “For Pregnant Women” or “For an end to angry disagreements” but yesterday someone said “For a people who live the Gospel message of love, and not of judgement and self-righteousness.” I saw her angry look figured it was meant for me and just kinda stunned and saddened.
Anyone else have problems like this, advice for confronting it. Thank goodness I only have 3 months left here.