Friend on anti-Catholic soapbox again
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|Thu, 03-17-2005 - 1:22pm|
Its me again with my bi-weekly spouting session. Today, in mixed denominational Christian company, a fellow Catholic and I were discussing our local parish and the *instant* the topic of Catholocism hit the table, my friend jumped in with her anti-Catholic commentary. Today she said it is said in the bible that we are to "beware of churches that are repetitive or ritualistic". Also, that "no man is closer to God than I, Jesus Christ" and that Confession doesn't make sense because no Priest is necessary for one to communicate with God and be forgiven.
!! I was speechless.
The only thing that came to my mind to retort with was to ask exactly where in the Bible these things are said so I could read it for myself, but I just didn't bother. I don't mean to bring negativity to the board, but it is interesting to hear how other Catholics would handle these sorts of scenarios. Since I am a relatively new Catholic, I am just stumped by a lot of her comments. Not only that, even if I *was* prepared to debate her, I don't know if I would. It is my opinion that one should never insult or put down anothers spiritual beliefs right to their face. Thats just how I feel.
So, what are your thoughts on this? I don't know what I need more, a class on debating in general, or more Catholic ammo. Scripture... references to the bible. She also made mention that the Mass doesn't include enough books from the Bible, that we ignore a lot of important material and focus only on Gospel. Thankfully, my friend corrected her on that (I was too busy staring down at my hands, speechless).
Anyhow, can't wait to hear opinions. This is a contiuous source of strain in my relationship with this gal.