[quote=Faithful Mom]My children attend a public school and have many friends who are non-Catholic. One such friend has been hanging more and more with them, going to youth group, mass, adoration… she is 17 and has decided that she would like to come home. She spoke with her parents last night about the possibility of joining RCIA in order to learn more about the CC. They hit the roof ( which I forewarned her they may do) They have forbidden her to read anymore books on the subject and she cannot attend any more events with my daughters.
They told her that the CC was an occult and that she must stay away from it. she asked them to just talk to someone about the faith, but they refused. She is heartbroken as she feels “empty” in her present religion, but can feel the presence of Christ when in HIs presence.
My children and I don’t want to encourage her to disobey her parents, so we are not sure how to handle this one. How do we help her to grow without encouraging disobedience.
**I don’t know how her parents are in their spirituality as far as another Christian faith is concerned, but it seems a little hypocritical to me to state the catholic church is a cult, when it sounds like that girls parents are extremely uneducated on the history of Christianity. I’m not going to get into the catholic vs. protestant issues. My only suggestion would be not to push the issue, because in her heart she knows how to practice her faith., but I think it is best for your daughters to keep a relationship (friendship) with her. Friendship goes a long way in life. **
**Just keep showing her love and respect, and also have your daughters show much respect to her parents. Sounds like that 17 year old girl needs to educate her parents on what the catholic faith is not, before she speaks the truth, and the first way of doing that is leading by example, and it is very prudent that your daughters walk by their faith daily. **
**I would not force the issue with her parents, respect the parents authority even though they are taking a away a special bond with her. **
**Let her know that her parents still love her. Meanwhile knowing her parents probably need to be educated about Christian roots. **