Hi, guys —
- Do priests have to give up their Protestant childhood friends?
I'm a Protestant and a childhood friend of mine grew up and became a priest.
He, my brother, and I were great friends. Now that we are adults, he will have no contact with either my brother or I. I've seen him at weddings and restaurants and he will not see me. The same is true with my brother.
This really hurts as we were such good childhood friends. I've never gotten angry with him because I know little about the priesthood but I am sure there are guidelines he must follow; I am just not aware of them.
Even though I'm a Protestant, I respect the Catholic faith as well as the Priesthood. I live in South Louisiana, and even though I don't ask, I assume most people I meet and associate with are Catholic. I hope I'm not out of line asking this question.
I will always love and respect my old friend regardless!