My wife and I just went through the RCIA and were recently confirmed (very exciting!). Everyone was there to witness it and it was a very joyful occasion – except for my parents. A few years ago, we had mentioned to my very Southern Baptist parents that we had attended a few Masses. This deeply upset them and caused a lot of trouble not only with my parents but my older brother who is a Southern Baptist minister. My dad cried when he found out and called me telling me the Catholic Church was evil and that they worshipped Mary, and all the other standard misconceptions he knew.
Now that we are more prepared to handle their criticism, how do we go about telling them that we are confirmed in the Church and have baptized my infant daughter and 2-year-old son? A priest told me I don’t have to tell them unless they ask. Is this true? Part of me feels that this is none of their business, and the other part knows that they’ll tell everyone at their church how upset they are about it and we’ll get put on their “prayer list.” How do I go about this without beating the Catholic beliefs into them?