[quote=MGEISING]:angel1: Hi All:
Can anyone share with me some of their encounters with predjudices of the Catholic Faith? Do you yourself have any?
And more importantly, how did you deal with them?
I find it so emotional when I encounter my brother’s and sister’s in Christ and they have no charity when they speak of the Catholic Faith.
Thanks and have a blessed day!
MGEISING, as you know from another thread, I am a former Roman Catholic myself. As I tried to convey to you and others, I don’t believe that belittling or denigrating the beliefs of another does anything except diminish one’s own credibility in the eyes of the fair and objective onlooker. But, to get back to your point, you asked people to share with you encounters with prejudices against the Catholic faith. Here’s an episode that happened to me:
A friend of mine has a son who was a junior in high school, and an athlete. (I saw his pitching arm: outstanding!) He went to the local Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was told by a local “leader” ( a kid himself, really) that Catholics were not welcome. My friend and her son were understandably hurt, and so I took it upon myself to write to the national organization regarding the matter. I was informed that, not only are Catholics welcome in FCA, but that they have served in leadership capacities for years at both state and national levels. The man who wrote me wanted specifics, and assured me that the problem would be corrected. And, it was: the son became an enthusiastic FCA member, and remained a loyal Catholic.
I don’t think that leader who wanted to exclude my friend’s son was evil, mean, or wicked. He was uniformed; in a word, ignorant. Prejudice is born of ignorance, and the remedy for ignorance is knowledge. However I judge Catholicism, or Mormonism, or any other belief system I disagree with, I owe it to God, to others, and to myself, to judge it fairly and honestly. Perhaps, as a former Catholic, my position to rectify that wrong was a unique opportunity for me. Anyone should have done the same, however, because it simply was “the right thing to do.”