Recently a Christian acquaintance made a distinction between a Catholic and an Evangelical, stating that the Evangelical is a 'good' Christian and clearly implying that the Catholic is not. (She wasn't aware of my conversion.)
I did not respond except to laugh and say that I suspected there is no such thing as a 'good' Christian. We all are mediocre at best. We strive to live lives that reflect Jesus. We stumble. Regularly. And I think if anyone thinks they fall into the category of a 'good' anything, they are probably in for a rude awakening. Even Jesus himself said "Why do you call me good? Only the Father is good." (Luke 18:19)
I was hurt by her comments. I find it painful when people say such things about the Catholic faith. But I did not feel a sense of fear, which has been my response in the past. Fear of what, I am not sure. That I won't be loved anymore when they learn the truth? That it will cause harm to the ministry I run? That volunteers, donors, friends will run in the other direction and pull their support because they think I am now unqualified to run the place?
Maybe I still harbor fears around all of that, to some degree. But the other day, all I felt was hurt, plain and simple.