[quote="Cat, post:12, topic:236686"]
I think what we have to do is think about movie star Catholics in a different setting than our hometown setting.
In our hometown setting, a Catholic like Martin Sheen might be considered wishy-washy, cafeteria, or liberal, or even sinful.
But in the Hollywood setting, he might be considered extremely religious, very conservative, holy, devout, spiritual, etc.
In fact, Martin Sheen might be a shining light that the Holy Spirit uses to help other movie stars and people in the entertainment industry find their way home to God and the Catholic Church.
After all, many of these movie stars never hang out around people like us, in the "real" world, who are "good Catholics." They live in a "foreign country", namely, Hollywood (or New York), and their idea of "religion" is utterly bizarre, mixed with all kinds of New Age spirituality and practices.
So someone like Martin Sheen, as "liberal" as he seems to us, is a solid, Jesus-believing, Mass-attending Catholic to his Hollywood peers, and that's a GOOD thing. Those of us who live in Midwest America certainly aren't helping these people to find Jesus and come home to the Catholic Church! We can't, since we don't live in that "country!" (Thank goodness!)
I'm not saying that it's OK for Mr. Sheen to be wishy-washy about abortion, etc. I think, though, that we ought to allow Mr. Sheen to work out his own salvation with the help of the Holy Spirit, and trust that the Holy Spirit will bring about good virtues in Mr. Sheen, just as we trust the Holy Spirit to do this work in us.
As long as Mr. Sheen continues to attend Mass and receive the Sacraments, the Holy Spirit can and does work in his life. Besides, who knows--perhaps Mr. Sheen is only wishywashy in public, so as not to get blacklisted from Hollywood life, but in private, he may be a champion for various Catholic causes. We really can't judge the man from such a distance, not knowing how he lives his life.
I do know that at the moment, he is suffering as he helplessly watches his son implode and take others with him. I'm sure he would appreciate our prayers.
How well and beautifully said, Cat. Thank you for saying it. He's our brother, not our enemy.