Art society asks, Your brother is a priest?
Throughout the course of the evening, one of the people that we met asked about our siblings. My friend, who is very proud of her brother and his vocation to the priesthood, is very open that her brother is a priest.
The response? "How do you feel about your brother molesting boys?"
How do you answer that? (And, who says that? Since when is that considered an appropriate thing to say just after meeting someone?) I wish I could say this is the first time this exact same situation has reared its ugly head while I've been out with her, but it's not. My friend has even been on a date and had that question posed.
Please pray for our priests, and also for their families. Anti-Catholicism is not always blatant, but it is certainly alive and well.
Image: Anti-Catholic protesters during World Youth Day in Madrid last summer.