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Vincent VeryConservative wrote:

Hi, guys —

I had a casual and incidental conversation in a McDonald's with a fellow worker; Well, he is a Senior Manager. Over time, our conversation turned to issues about politics and religion (ignoring the dictum that you should never do that). Because I criticized the power of the gay lobby, it was brought to light that he is gay and very liberal, while I am very conservative.

All ended well, but it was clear that he has a totally different vision of life: he is gay, an atheist, and liberal. The bad thing is that he is a Senior Manager and I think he could have repercussions to my job.

  • How should we dealt with these type of people?

He is also very anti-Catholic but superficially he is a very nice fellow and very likable.



  { How should I deal with gay, very liberal, anti-Catholic people who I work with at McDonald's? }

John replied:

Dear Vincent —

Well, first and foremost as a Catholic, we are called to be witnesses to the Gospel and that starts by showing this person respect for his human dignity. You can be cordial but at the same time you don't have to be a doormat for anti-Catholic bashing, just as you shouldn't bash him for being gay.

That said, you will no doubt encounter many points of disagreement. The key is how to handle them. You are a witness and an ambassador for Jesus Christ.

You are called to live a life of truth and charity in front of all that would observe your actions and words.

None of this means you have to become a close friend or take this person into your trust. You don't even have to like the person but you are called to love him.

I hope this helps,

John DiMascio

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