I have a quick question that popped into my mind a few days ago:
How much responsibility does a non-Catholic have in verying the claim that the Catholic Church is THE Church Christ established?
From what I have read in this board, it appears as if though once the claim has been presented to a non-Catholic, that they are morally bound to check out the truthness behind the claim, and to then act on those findings.
Is this so? (first checking!)
If this is so, is this really reasonable?
For example, let’s suppose we have a very faithful Catholic who has grown in love with the Faith all of his life. Some Latter-Day Saints missionaries knock on his door, and ask him to pray about the Book of Mormon to see if it is what it claims to be. However, he is so sure of his faith, that he does not even take a look at it, and may even consider such a prayer as sinful (I remember reading something along these lines in a website when I was studying Mormonism. I can’t remember if it was Catholic specifically though).
Was this faithful Catholic who knows the Catholic Church to be true morally responsible in any way to verify the claim the Mormons made? Along these lines, should a Mormon in the same case be condemed for not verying the claim of the Catholic Church?
By the way, I was happily Confirmed in the Church this past Easter, so I hope this in no way comes across in a negative light. I am trying to understand this issue so that I may be better prepared to explain it in the future if the need arises (and I am also a very curious creature )
Thanks in advance!