[quote="revert_jen, post:5, topic:200271"]
My main advice would be "don't preach." The churched don't need it and the unchurched don't want it. I mean, in a story where someone goes to Mass, it is more realistic for them to do it as a matter of course, not to go on in an interior or exterior monologue about how important it is to go to Mass every Sunday. That (not for the Mass obviously, but for whatever doctrine) is one of the two main things that have completely detached me from (Protestant) Christian fiction. (The other is that you never know if or when the things will start to be anti-Catholic.)
So I guess the other suggestion would be, try to show (naturally) how Catholicism helps the characters in the book or song to make it through whatever they're going through, without specifically denigrating Protestantism if you can help it. Just because we are separated from our brethren, doesn't mean we have an adversarial relationship.
Just my :twocents: I am unfortunately not creative enough to write either a song or a novel. :(
Just to add on Jen's good insight:
As Catholic teaching upholds that our separated Christian brothers (and a few non-Christian ones as well) share in some of the truth of God, a good writer will use that as an advantage in plot and character, while using differences that could be also strong plot points:
Say, a Protestant preacher tries to exorcise but fails, but realizes his Catholic priest friend can do so. Both together help the affected person. Same could be done with a Catholic priest that can't get through to some people in danger because of his collar. A Protestant minister might be the needed motivator there. Perhaps a plot point may occur where someone must be rescued from a very unholy area where baptized people are slain on entering, but a Buddhist in their group is able to survive and make the rescue.
I agree, Jen. Protestant Christian fiction really goes overboard, either in their theological mischaracterizations or outright proselytizing. I'm surprised many of these works manage to get published.