I hope you have further contact with these guys so you can answer them after doing more thinking and getting some info under your belt. Here’s my take on your story….
Sounds like you were caught off guard by them. Not surprising as they were basically on the attack and you thought it was a friendly outing.
First off not every non-denom does the things that they are doing. Not everyone is in a financial position to take off for months to convert ‘pagans’. So it seems that they are in a privileged position. Or are they paid to do this? Basically they were being prideful and boasting of what they did and then used it to give you a hard time. It’s as though they were trying to say that you are responsible for all of the evangelizing that the Catholic Church should be doing (should in their estimation).
Hellisreal, it right. You may want to give his post some serious thought. What good are these men really doing if they are converting people to something that is almost, but not really, the right thing? And what if they are calling the Catholics pagans?
Many non-Catholics do not consider Catholics Christians.
Ask them why they (and if not they, other non-Catholic Christians) target Catholic communities to convert Catholics to their brand of Christianity? Why are they trying to convert Christians (Catholics) to Christianity? Surely their time and effort should go elsewhere if conversion is their goal.
Ask them if Catholicism is so hard to convert to, why is it that the ranks of the non-Catholic/non-Orthodox Christian denominations are losing members world wide? Why is it that Catholicism is the fastest growing religion in the world? And most of the growth in Catholicism is in 3rd world countries. IN Africa alone 6 million Muslims are leaving Islam a year, converting to Catholicism. This does not even start to count the pagans in Africa who are converting. It would appear from these statistics that converting to Catholicism is not too much of a hurdle for people of 3rd world countries.
Here’s some info for them: The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world. We do more to help with needy with charity in the form of: care centers, social services, orphanages, hospitals, school systems and on and on. And we do more evangelizing worldwide.
Every member of the CC who actually donates is helping in this effort. A person who cannot take time off to evangelize or do charity work in some far off exotic land is still helping by providing the funds to this. In most communities in the USA and worldwide there are Catholic Social Services where Catholics volunteer time to help. These services are available to anyone regardless of their religion.
Questions like the one these guys hit you with are actually a gift. As it is making to look deeper in the CC and your faith. That’s good. I hope you get to respond to them after you think about this more. For all of us Catholics, please do if you can.