A guy friend of mine who claims he wants to become Catholic (currently episcopalian) carries his rosary everywhere, a book of prayer and the bible. He labels himself as Catholic, even though he isnt. He has a nasty habit of lashing out at protestants (even my room mates!). Last night he was on the phone with me, and he told me to hand the phone to my protestant room mate. He proceded to talk down to her, stating that " there’s no way she’s getting to heaven", " your church is inferior because it doesn’t have a solid gold tabernacle" “it doesn’t have an expensive-top of the line altar” “your service is not in latin, so you have no hope.” and so- on. and as a result, it made my friends have a more negative view of catholicism. I’ve been trying to influence them by leading a good example of what a Catholic should be, and they even prayed the Rosary with me once, but I’m afraid my episcopal friend has shut them down on Catholicism for good.
The worst problem is that I’ve discovered that he doesn’t believe in some very central Catholic ideas, such as priestly celibacy, he’s in favor of women priests, he’s fine with abortion and birth control.:mad: AND HE TOOK COMMuNION LAST WEEK AT A CATHOLIC CHuRCH!!! :crying: I did tell him NOT to ever do that unless you are in a state of grace and have been initiated into the Catholic Church. Yet he took it anyway! I showed him the biblical passages about having to prepare yourself before you receive the eucharist, and it didn’t seem to impact him at all. I have also found out that he is going to the Catholic sacrament of Reconcilliation!!
Please pray for my guy friend, Hunter and for my room mates, and myself that I may have strength and charity to deal with this in a Christ-like way.