I have been trying to return to the RCC and get connected to my local parish, and let me tell you it hasn’t been easy. So, I went to the bible study at my parish for the first time, which is lead by two people. One of them (a guy) got into several very heated discussions with all of us about how we were interpreting scripture and the fact that we were not putting God’s word’s first. He insisted that celibacy is not a gift, that when Paul said this is my opinion in Corinthians that Paul doesn’t know what he’s talking about in reference to his own opinion, and God has many different wills (I don’t know what he meant).
Anyway, after the meeting, I asked him when he became catholic, and he said, there was no specific time but that he evolved into it. When I pinned him down, I discovered that he didn’t go through RCIA and was never confirmed.
I spoke to two other classmates about this (one of them then really understand how this was connected to how he was interpreting the bible), and I told them that I would speak to our other leader about this since she is officially in charge.
I called her and expressed my concerns (assuming that she didn’t know that he wasn’t catholic); she said she would pray about it. She admits that he is rude and disruptive, but she told me not to discriminate against him for not being catholic and it had nothing to do with the problem. Of course, his being protestant has nothing to do with him being obnoxious but it has everything to do with why he keeps challenging everything we say and quoting “all scripture is good for instruction and reproof.” There was one gentleman who kept saying, “that’s not what the church teaches” but he would respond but it’s right here in scripture.
Can you believe this? This parish is one shock after another!