Catholic Friends: I could use some help. Since my conversion Easter Vigil, my family & friends have been bombarding me with such negative stuff, i.e., “the Catholic Religion is a false one, leading only to a Godless eternity”…, “We, Catholics believe we are saved only by good works and endless ceremonies”…Why one friend sent me an article from a Church and their article on “Roman Catholicism”. It was SO unbelievably anti-Catholic, I could not believe it! Not only did the say the above, but much more.
My question, of course I pray for these people, and I have tried to be loving, and not argumentative, but I keep getting e-mails, etc. They are so filled with heretical stuff, and their churches are clearly cults, and so very hateful towards Catholics. They have all been utterly brain-washed in their thinking. And these are my long-time friends and relatives!!! Anything I have shared, has only come back thrice as long, with hateful stuff, and plain un-truths. I’m not sure what I should do. Not respond?, tell them they are the wrong ones, try to answer their questions?, etc. They don’t seem to want to even to listen or read anything. Am I casting “pearls before swine” here? You know some of these Prots. They are completely and utterly non-intellectual, “reading an article? What’s that? I don’t need to”! “I already know Catholics are from hell, and not saved”…Yikes. Because I am their family and long-time friends, I sorta feel obligated to respond. But every e-mail I write very simple, non-threatening and loving, comes back hateful, 5 pgs long, sending anti-Catholic stuff.