I wanted to see if anyone had some suggestions for my situation. I am a married former Protestant -> turning Catholic in RCIA. While my parents and Protestant friends are not too shocked or upset about my decision, I am having a lot of difficulity with my husband and his family. They are all Church of Christ attendees, and my husband was born and raised in a Church of Christ household. Unfortunately, while I too have attended the Church of Christ and have experienced a lot of spiritual growth there, theologically some of the congregations are very anti-Catholic, a stance my husband has absorbed and wholeheartedly believes to be the right way to approach Catholicism. He has openly refered to the Pope as the anti-Christ and made other derogatory statements about Catholics in general. He is also a bit hard headed and has a nasty temper at times. During the period of time when I was first investigating Catholicism, he was very negative toward it, and forbade me to do anything related to Catholicism in the house, including internet research, reading books that were in any way “Catholic”, or even so much as have a Rosary in the house (out of sight or not).
Our last “discussion” on the issue was three months ago, and since then I have become convinced that the Catholic Church is truly Christ’s Church, and I know from the Catechism and other documents that I have an obligation to act on that conviction. However, I have been reluctant to share this conviction with my husband or his family due to the info above. Also, while it has not been a problem in our marriage for over a year, there have been times in the past when my husband allowed his temper to get the better of him and he was violent; I am concerned that this mgiht set him off and perhaps undo all of the good work that has gone into helping him with his anger, as I can see that the Church is a major issue for him, emotionally as well as intelectually.
I really feel that this is not something I should keep from my husband, and I have been told that while I have the obligation to respond to my convictions about the Church, when I share that with others is at my discretion, depending on circomstances. Any suggestions for how I should go about this?