I have an uncle (married to my mothers sister) who is an ELCA Lutheran Pastor. I don’t see him often as they live about 2000 miles away. However, wherever I do see him he never fails to mention that a lot of his parishoners are fallen away Catholics. He once even indicated that they actively seek fallen away Catholic’s but I will admit I may have misunderstood his statement.
So my question: do you think he does that to justify his beliefs/views (which I have to admit was my initial reaction), or because he is trying to point out that so many have figured out they were wrong, and when am I going to realize that?
He is a very kind person, and I’ve never thought anything but good things about him. But we have never discussed theology either. So from a protestant view, what would you think his intentions are?
I know I should just ask him, and I might just do that the next time I see him. But I need to make sure its a time when it is just the two of us. He would not shy away from debate, but the rest of the family would claim we weren’t playing nice. They like to pretend disagreements don’t exist.