“Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”…As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.”
†John 6: 60, 66 (NAB)
In theory, we know that being Catholic in the world today–really Catholic–is countercultural. We know that things we belief are not exactly en vogue with the world at large. But, as Jesus shows us in the Gospel of John, it’s always been that way.
But that doesn’t make it easier to take.
Recently, I was having a discussion about what Catholics believe with some non-Catholics: Christians, atheists, and some agnostics. Most of these people do not believe what the Church teaches on just about anything. However, when one topic which is particularly sensitive came up, I took a deep breath and proceeded to state Church teaching in a polite, but unambiguous, manner.
Well, you would’ve thought I’d just been for puppy killing, from the reaction I got. Courtesy was not extended back, and I continued to explain the point–politely–until one person in the conversation stopped me with “Will you stop giving Catholicism a bad name?” She told the others that “Not all Catholics are like her.”
Read the rest over at Plain Grace.