When people find out you’re Catholic at work or school, it’s like you’re the “designated Catholic.” Suddenly, you’re the semi-official representative of the Church. And you get hear everyone’s ideas/complaints about Pope Francis, the Church, etc.
One of the complaints will be how somebody associated with the Church (priest, nun, teacher, etc.) answered a question or made an off-hand comment years ago that really hurt them. Why are you hearing about it? It still hurts.
As someone studying to become a permanent deacon, one of my greatest fears is being “That Guy” for somebody. That some off-hand comment by me, something I thought was clever or just said without thinking, will be the words that hurt someone. For years.
Why am I bothering you about this? Sadly, it's not just people with collars or titles that can do the damage. It's a danger for "designated Catholics" too.
More on this tomorrow.