Can you please shed some light on an issue that has been concerning me?
It is in relation to having friends who lead an ‘immoral lifestyle’.
A lot of my friends are either non Catholics/non-Christians. I do have other friends who are Catholic, however they are not practicing Catholicism to the letter. In short, I have friends who are engaging in pre-marital sex, living actively gay lifestyles, have done IVF, use contraception etc.
Now my concerns are:
- Is it ok for me as a Catholic to be close friends with these people? I have sought advice from a relative who told me that even if I don’t engage in their behaviours, it is still not a good idea because outsiders might think that I also engage in immoral activity because of my social associations
-Secondly, if I do stay close to those people, am I obliged to talk to them about the immorality of their behaviours? Normally my close friends know that I am Catholic. I don’t bring up topics which we view differently, simply because I think we all have a right to our views. I don’t want to come across as a pressuring/preachy person. Am I obliged to ‘admonish the sinner’ in such situations.
Thank you very much.