I received this, which I bring to the readership’s attention:
Greetings Father Z,
I am a Baptist Pastor and a fan of your blog. Recently, I read the following thread on a Christianity forum. I asked the original poster if he’d mind if I had a Catholic priest read his post and respond. He replied he would.
Here is the forum: HERE
Here is the post:
All Call to Catholics to be a little bit more Elitist In America we as Catholics are a small minority. This is a protestant country. Fine. But the history of how this country became a protestant country is not the history of religious freedom. It’s the history of Europe kicking out all the weird cults that emerged at the time and sent them to America. For better or for worse we live in a country of mainline protestants and a bunch of Christian Cults. We’ve given these Christian Cults a politically correct name Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Televangelists . But let’s call a spade a spade, they are Christian Cults.
While it’s in our nature as Catholics to want to accept everyone, which is a good thing. My only suggestion is to other Catholics is to be a little bit Elitist with these people. I for one don’t ever want them and their strange views within Catholicism. I would never want to convert them for the sake of preserving the Church teachings. So, I don’t proselytize to them. Instead, my tactic is to always show them how they have no theology.
Father Z, I work closely with the Catholic Church with our hot lunch-dinner program, the homeless shelter, the food bank, etc.. I have never encountered an elitist attitude among any of the Catholic brethren. I view statements like these to be a very real threat to unity.