As I have posted before, my friend is going through the RCIA process. He called me this evening and was seriously considering dropping out of the program. It seems that todays session was on love. And I guess that this was too much because as he described it there were about an hour of tears, handholding, group affirmations that it’s OK to love, even if you are not loved back, that its love that matters only love. The requisite group hug turned into 7 or 8 tonight, every time someone broke out sobbing about their abused childhood, or divorce. He said they are down to three people now and the staff outnumbered them 2-1. Maybe they felt guilty because only two of them showed up for the last two meetings.
They did not look at the books again and have not since the first meeting. As usual there was nothing about the Catholic Faith, no question and answer period, but they did have the cookies and punch again. He said they skipped the Our Father tonight, which to him was a big bummer because its the only prayer they have ever said.
I don’t know what to tell him, and I really don’t know what to do. I could sponser him, but I am way to conservative for his parish where during Gay Pride Week they hung a rainbow banner and the “Presider” wore a rainbow sash, as did the servers. I don’t really think my views would help the matter and could make things worse.
The guy really wants this but he’s telling me how can the Church expect people to get interested and join, if they are not taught anything except that it’s OK to have feelings? He thought as I did, that he would be taught about the faith and his place in it.
I mean is this what the whole process has degenerated into?