How do you judge and respond to contentious or snide comments from those with whom you are in dialogue here?
I ignore initial contentiousness; a lot of people have a deeply ingrained hatred of the Church, and they didn’t put it there all by themselves. But after a person has been answered several times with patience and care, if the person refuses even to acknowledge (I do not say accept) the Catholic position, and if contentiousness persists, I will call the person on it directly. No name calling. But firm notice of the insult.
Does it harm or help the Church if we expect those who disagree with us, even those who hate the Church, to treat us with respect? Are we failing our Lord by refusing to accept the opportunity to turn the other cheek?