Questions from Catholic Parents Online: The Catholic Police

Minnesota’s Catholic police are looking for feedback on how they can scold people for having different religious beliefs than them. Here’s an excerpt from a recent email:

We Need Your Input:

CPO TV begins it’s new season next month! I will host the first show entitled: “Simple Answers to Tough Questions�? with our guest Fr. Robert Altier.
We’d be very grateful if you could help with this show by sending us any questions that you or family members may struggling with or just don’t know the answer? For example:

How does a Catholic respond when they receive a wedding invitation from a Catholic relative who is getting married in a non-Catholic Church?

What do you say if you have out of town relatives staying at your house, who are not practicing Catholics, and while on your way to attending Sunday Mass they inform you that they think it’s okay to receive Holy Communion even if a person attends Mass occasionally?

Do you say anything or even attend the baby shower if the mom-to-be has undergone in-vetro fertilization?

We’d truly appreciate your input! Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

From the tone of the questions, it seems pretty clear that tolerance and understanding of people with different life views is not acceptible. Does Colleen Perfect feel that her faith is somehow threatened by the choices made by others regarding receiving Holy Communion?

Does Colleen Perfect really think she has something to gain from judging the wedding ceremony choices of relatives?

Does marrying in a non-Catholic church make Mrs. Perfect less perfectly Catholic?

Does Mrs. Perfect believe that people who can’t conceive without use of in-vetro fertilization don’t deserve to raise children of their own?

Would Mrs. Perfect be able to love a child conceived through in-vitro fertilization?

What if she didn’t know the child was the product of petri dishes, stem cell research, and masturbation?

Who – in God’s name – feels the need to give such a shit about the personal and private behavior of others?

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