I invite you to look at the picture I uploaded that contains this letter and the response from Father John Dietzen in the most recent Question Corner in the Catholic Review – The Catholic Review has not placed this issue online yet  http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31437174&l=137e5aa746&id=1460240110

The basic question asked was: Should I attend my daughter and her familys baptism into a non-denominational congregation since Im Catholic?

I am absolutely flabbergasted that ANY parent would be against their children and grandchildren being received into another Christ-believing church. Just what exactly are you prooving by not going? I know! Youre prooving how inconsiderate and uncaring you are as a parent!

Lets just read your excuses for not being there for your family…..just because you are Catholic and they choose not to be ~ and then sum it all up by saying this is ‘heartbreaking’ ~ Get a grip on the definition of the word!

A heartbreak would be a disease that has no cure; a heartbreak would be one of your family members being involved in a horrible accident; a heartbreak would be that your children/grandchildren would have no interest in religion – period!

So lets re-evaluate what you are really saying lady! My interpretation on your letter to the priest is that you want your family to think in the same manner as you, but you have lost that power. Your children are adults with families of their own, and they have chosen a slightly different path. Deal with it! Instead of insisting that its your way or the highway, why dont you BE THERE FOR THEM!

If you are so sure about what your faith (denomination) is, what is the harm in seeing your family be received into this other church? You MAY just find out that this church beleives in the same basic principles that you do.

And……Im not just irked at this letter!

The response from the priest is just as perplexing!

Basically, he tells this mother that decisions like this are anguishing. Excuse me? Anguishing?

Then, he says there is no ‘right or wrong’ way to deal with this situation and that you shouldnt have to compromise your convictions…..uh….what? After going on for several paragraphs, the priest then gives a further impression that its not a reflection of the parents upbringing that her children have choosen this path…….

This makes me incredibly incensed! How is it that you see this situation as such? Im sorry, but how is being raised in a denomination that believes in Jesus, and then going into another denomination that beleives in Jesus, so wrong? I really want to know how this is apparently some horrible path that they could be going down?

I dont know these people, but I am assuming that they arent drunkards, drug abusers, party animals, murderers, etc. Wouldnt THOSE things be the wrong path? Isnt it good that your family has choosen something resembling Christianity?

Some people really need to put their priorities in order!