We have these friends who are the sort of people you stay friends with mainly because you’ve been friends with them for so long. They aren’t just atheists; they’re elitist, condescending, Catholic-hating, religion-mocking, throw-it-in-your-face atheists. One of the milder things they’ve done is when they had a death in the family and, when someone on Facebook said they’d keep them in their prayers, the wife responded with something like, “And the next time you’re having a hard time I’ll clap my hands and call for some faeries. Why don’t you do something helpful like make a donation to [some charity] or bake us dinner?”
I should also point out that they’ve never been the most well-off people in the world. Their cars are 15-20+ years old and one is literally held together with duct tape. They went over a year without broadcast TV because they couldn’t afford a converter or new TV. They shop at the Goodwill outlet store (clothes for 69 cents/lb) and have strategically placed no bathing and no electric days to cut down on their utility costs. (Note that I’m not criticizing their lifestyle, but trying to illustrate their financial situation.)
Despite this, all their kids have been baptized, received the rest of the Sacraments through Confirmation and have gone to Catholic schools at least through high school (one just started her freshman year at a very orthodox and expensive Catholic college this past fall). I asked the husband about it in the past but didn’t get an answer. After he made some extremely nasty comments about Pope Francis and the Bl. John Paul II’s upcoming canonization, I got to wondering again just why someone like that would send their kids to Catholic schools. The area where they live has very good public schools, so it’s not the quality of the schools that’s the issue. I’m honestly perplexed.