Friday, December 11, 2015
ARE CATHOLICS SUPPOSE TO TALK OR COERCE NON CATHOLICS INTO CONVERTING? HELL NO!
In fact, these neo-traditionalists need to know that even in pre-Vatican II times the laity were warned not to try to convert anyone even their non Catholic friends, fiances and spouses.
I have never ever heard of parish priests trying to convert Protestants, Jews or any other non-Catholics. Yes, we told our own that we are the true Church with the fullness of truth. Yes, extremists in the pre-Vatican II Church believed that all non-Catholics were going to hell.
But if one reads the Baltimore Catechism it points out very clearly that if through no fault of one's own one is not a Catholic that person can still go to heaven. It speaks of the Church as a barque with lines running off its side that people can hold onto even in their own religion if that religion has elements of truth, such as loving God as they understand Him and neighbor. It also speaks of baptism of desire and of blood and in broad terms.
I was taught in my pre-Vatican II upbringing not to wear my religion on my sleeve, not to initiate religious discussions and enter into arguments about religion although we were taught to defend our faith against attacks when necessary, but not to convert, but simply to defend and help the ignorant understand who were are.
The best way to make Catholicism attractive to non-Catholics is the manner in which we live our lives and treat each other without wearing our religion on our sleeves. It means praying every day, going to Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, observing the 10 Commandments and the Precepts of the Church and allowing our Catholic Faith to guide us in all things.
If people know us as good people and then only later come to know us as Catholics, that makes Cathoicism quite attractive! Then non Catholics might inquire into the Catholic Faith no matter their religion or non religious status.
I fear if a non Catholic were to read some of the comments I receive and the way commenters write to each other in comments on my blog, they would say to hell with Catholicism if this is what Catholics are like! Sometimes I feel the same way about comments I read on my blog!
CATHOLICS DO NOT PROSELYTIZE OR BEAT ANYONE OVER THE HEAD TO BECOME CATHOLIC!!!!