A friend of mine at work gave me the book, “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. The reason he gave it to me was because he said he is no longer Catholic and doesn’t believe in the Catholic Church anymore. Although he considers himself a Christian, he just doesn’t profess to any particular faith. I had mentioned to him last year that I wanted to get my own copy of the Catechism and he told me not to buy one and he would give me his. I thought that was very generous of him. Anyway, I took the book and put it on my bookshelf where it sat for several months. So today, I was in the mood for reading and decided to read the Catechism.
To my shock and horror as I flipped through the pages, he had handwritten lots of comments with passages underlined on many of the pages such as “this is whacked”, “This is stupid stuff”, “The Church doesn’t know what it’s talking about”, “and this is crazy”. Unfortunately, much of what he wrote is in ink and I can’t erase it. Although I would like to have my own copy of the Catechism but not one with derogatory comments about the Catholic Church written throughout the book. My question is, what do I do with the book? Should I throw it out? I don’t think it would be right to donate to a bookstore and library because of the un-catholic like comments. Any suggestions!
By the way, I can’t give it back to him because he has moved (across country) and I have no idea where he lives now and I haven’t talked to him since he moved.
Thank you and God Bless,