(quote) Kimberlie-1059215 said: Sean, Welcome home to the Catholic Church! When I was coming into the Church from Protestantism, I read a book by Karl Keating called Catholicism and Fundamentalism and in this book he quotes Bishop Fulton Sheen:
There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.
― Fulton J. Sheen
I have found this to be true. Many Christians have the same idea as the Baptists but the truth is they don't really understand the Catholic Church's true teachings versus what they see on TV or imagine on their own.
As for the Mormons and that small town, it really wasn't so much your being Catholic as much as you NOT being a Mormon. My SIL and BIL worked for the Federal gov't in Utah and neither of them were Catholics or practicing Christians, an none of the Mormons they worked with or lived around would socialize with them. However, they did let their kids socialize with my nieces. But even there, my SIL felt that once the children got to be teens, their parents would probably no longer allow them to be friends.
There are so many misconceptions out there, that all we can do is to try to lovingly correct wrong beliefs about our faith, or just smile and move on our way, praying for their lack of open-mindedness.
Especially here in the metaphorical buckle of the bible belt. For years, I have have had fundamentalist customers ask me if I was saved,Then ask me what church I go, When they find out I am Catholic , The responses are akin to my being in a cult.
Years ago when my daughter was in junior high, A friend invited her to a "party" at the Baptist church.It was a revival. Afterwards,They had gathered the kids that were invited to cake and pop. They then ask each one if they were Christian, My daughter of course, said"Yes".She was then asked where she went to church, She told them "Sacred Heart". The interrogator then said"Oh, You are Catholic"My daughter replied, "Yes" To which the response was" You are not a Christian" She came home very upset.
As far as the LDS members(Mormon) I have a good friend I worked with many years ago which is an LDS member. For several years he ran the biomed dept at a Catholic hospital. He told me the NUNs were very polite, He respected them and never was trying to change their views, .It was mutual respect for each other's religion.