At the moment I'm having to live with my buddhist father and step mother who are anti Catholic. I am looking to move out as soon as I have a job but unfortunately this might not be for another few months.
The arguments usually start when there is a news item on the TV ... the articles can range from Catholic abuse scandals to the Pope visiting a country. They then start on a ramble about how the pope knew about the abuse and how Catholics control everyone in church etc, etc. I try to point out what I know and have even offered to share some articles with them but they are not interested as it will have been written from a Catholic perspective which to them = brainwashing. Then the argument finishes.
Then last night their was an article about Mary Mackillop (a nun about to be the first saint in Australia and she also spent time in NZ) and he was saying about how it's all rubbish etc, ect and I pointed out to him that it offended me yet continued!!
Then even worse there was an article about these two gay men using IVF to have kids and I said quietly it was a sin. Normally I would not say things like this (only in my head) but a priest said at Mass last week that we should stand up for what was right and wrong etc.
Not I'm not sure what to do with my family ... I know they are not likely to change but what can I say or do in the future? Should I pray for them to change their behaviour?
Also I do not belittle their belief system even though I know in my heart it is wrong. I just wish they would do the same.