I’ve been feeling a bit frustrated, lately, with conversations about the Faith. I’ve been trying to work out exactly why, and I think I’ve worked it out.
Obviously, since I believe the Faith is true, I wish for all souls to be saved, which means that I wish for all souls to become Catholic, and for all Catholics to become holy. This is clearly logical. However, the fact is that most people in the world are not Catholic, and I have no problem accepting that this the reality. To aid a person in becoming a Catholic might require a number of things, and this will tend to vary from person to person.
One thing that will always be required, is the informing of the person about the teachings of the Church. Another thing which will usually be needed is to answer any reasonable questions he has about it. If his questions are unreasonable, it will be because he’s irrational about it: either he loves his sins too much; or he will be afraid of the possible results of his conversion, such as losing friends. There may be other causes of his irrationality – but it is irrational. This leads then, to intellectual dishonesty, and that’s one thing I just can’t stand.
So, basically, that’s the source of my present frustration, as far as I can tell. It doesn’t bother me at all if someone is not yet persuaded to convert, for these things take a lot of time. All I want is to see intellectual honesty. Here is one example: how honest is it for a protestant, or secularist, to be quizzing Catholics about some point of philosophy or doctrine (eg the existence of God, or the corruption of some members of the Catholic clergy) when hundreds and even probably thousands of Catholic writers have *already* answered these same questions over and over and over? Hint: it isn’t.
I’m just about at the point of saying “Google it” to every question, but that’s very much against the heart of a teacher.
People are either becoming Catholic, or they are anti-Catholic and here’s why:
“If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.”