My boyfriend is Catholic and I myself decided to start RCIA this October. My mother was raised Catholic, but very poorly. I don’t believe she was given the whole truth as to what the church is about. She fell from the Church in her early twenties. She believes Catholics don’t read the Bible and that we pick and choose what we feel is right and wrong.
After Mass one morning she stopped by to drop some thing off for me. During her visit she said some very hurtful things about the Church and my boyfriend. She said to me that the church was wrong, that is was boarderline a cult. That we didn’t believe in the Bible and that the Bible clearly states that tattoos are bad. (I have three tattoos that I have had done at least a year ago, before I even realized they were frowned upon.)
She also said that my boyfriend was a bad Catholic because if he knew any better he wouldn’t date me because I have tattoos and because of my very gloomy past. I was very hurt and appauled. I didn’t say much in response because I just wanted her out of my house.
I told my boyfriend what she had told me and that I was really upset. The funny part is she now wants to meet him for the first time… But he has no interest in meeting her until it is known what her issue is.
I’m so at a loss for words. My mother has never acted this way towards me, I have never realized she had such a strong dislike for the Catholic Church. Any suggestions?