So I have a guy friend of about 5 years. We were all in a group of Catholics across my state. I never attended church with him, but I felt as though we had a special bond due to our shared faith. He has decided to leave the Catholic Church because of what the Pope said about capitalism (this group also happens to be Republican, so capitalism is important to us and we don’t see it as the evil that the Pope does). Needless to say, I was shocked by his decision to leave the Church. Watching him talk about it on Facebook actually hurt me. I expressed my distress to him, and he disregarded it, just as I expected him to.
Anyway, I am pretty much devastated. My other Catholic friends said that I am overreacting and that he has free will and will find his way back. I don’t know why I am taking this so hard, and when he said he wanted to switch to Baptist, I was shocked. It’s just so different than the teachings we grew up with! He might as well just switch to those churches with the rah-rah music, but I digress. I simply can’t support him in this endeavor, and I feel like such a horrible friend. I don’t know what to do besides continuing to feel bad.