Last week, I posted about how I was at a church group and I was trying to make the point that the Catholic church has the true teachings and I got the hot seat because everyone else seemed to be implying I was not being fair to protestants.
Well, I brought my CCC with me just in case the discussion got going again, fully intending not to use it unless someone else brought up the topic. The facilitator started by saying that she wanted to say that last week she should not have let the conversation go off tangent because we are not here to make anyone feel bad. She then asked if anyone had anything they wanted to say and no one including me spoke up. So we went on as if nothing happened.
After it was over I asked to speak to her alone and I read a part from the CCC that stated other Christians are in imperfect communion with the church and that was the point I was trying to make. I was not wanting to make anyone feel bad.
Well, we talked about it and it ended on friendly terms, but I know I will not change her opinion.
But what kills me, and I said this to her, is I can not believe that while I am standing in a Catholic church, I can not comfortably state the teachings of the church without getting the hot seat.
She said ‘we are not to make people feel bad’, to which I replied, ‘Come judgement day, I will need to face God and if people have the wrong idea about the church teachings, I don’t want Him to accuse me of not speaking up. And if I don’t have the words to say it politely, I have no problem answer for being rude, that is the lesser sin’
Then I pointed out that as few weeks ago, we watch a video where a woman regretted having two abortions. She did not know at the time it was a sin because everyone was encouraging her and she suffered deeply until she came to the Catholic church repented and confessed. So I feel that had this woman known the truth, she never would have had the abortions which is why we need to speak up. This lady said to me ‘That is different, all denominations think abortion is a sin so it is OK to speak up against it. But since some denominations do not think contraceptives are a sin, we can not speak up against it because it will make people feel bad’:eek:
She was so adamant that people’s feelings come first. She even said to me ‘What would Jesus day do’. I forget what I replied but next time she says to me ‘what would Jesus do’, I am going to reply ‘He would say ‘go and sin no more’’
I am just so heart broken that I can not speak church teachings in a Catholic church just because some protestant might want to join our group