Jeannette, there are several books that may help you dispel the “whore of Babylon” misconceptions about our faith.
The best one is Catholicism and Fundamentalism, by our own Karl Keating. It’s big and long and covers everything.
Mr. Keating has also written “What Catholics Really Believe.” It addresses 52 misconceptions, like “Before modern times, laypeople were not allowed to read the Bible.” This could be a good one to loan to your family.
Another good one is “Catholic and Christian,” by Alan Schreck. It’s out of print - I got mine on ebay. Though I heard a rumour that it was being re-published. I sure hope so!
The first step is to convince them that Catholics **are **Christians.
It may also help to remember that they’re saying all this stuff because they love you and they want you to be saved. My fundie friends all know that my becoming a Catholic does not change the fact that I was “born again.”
If you’re dealing with JWs, though, it may be harder. My sister’s one, and I haven’t been brave enough yet to tell her…
I, too, will join the Church this Easter, and I know just egg-zackly what you mean about beauty!
disclaimer: the nicknames I have used above for some sects are just that, nicknames. No insult is intended.