I am a practicing Catholic who follows my faith to the best of my ability. I am, however, the only one in my family, including spouse, children, sister and brother-in-law (no siblings, parents deceased), nieces and nephews, all of whom were born and raised Catholic, who still practices the faith. This make it especially difficult to carry on. I sometimes try to persuade some of them to consider coming back to the Church, but the arguments against doing so are overwhelming. It sometimes challenges my own faith to hear such resistance and negativity. One of the issues that keeps coming up and that has begun to eat away at me is the following:
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently said that everyone, even the atheist, has a chance at heaven. What matters is how you treat people and how you live your life. If this is true than why would non Catholics who are not required to attend worship weekly, not abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent, not abstain from birth control and so on be allowed to enter the gates of heaven when Catholics who would do these things without forgiveness would be denied? Why would the rules be different depending on what faith you happened to be born into? Shouldn’t the requirements for salvation be the same for everyone?