Friday, 25 June 2010
I am not a Catholic or a Protestant. I am part of a church tradition born out of the anabaptist movement and Wesleyan pietism that seeks to critique both the Catholic church and the Protestant denominations as needlessly sectarian and accommodationist. Being outside both mainstreams has given me perspective to appreciate much more about both of them.
I find it frustrating and difficult, therefore, when I hear Protestants (who are often woefully ignorant of Catholic doctrine) dismiss all Catholics as non-Christians, or when Catholics return the favor by asserting as fact that Protestants are outside the church of God. It's something I've never quite understood, since Catholics and Protestants agree on every core Christian belief.
My thoughts on the relationship between Catholics and Protestants go like this:
I would like to see the Catholic church become more anabaptist,
the Anabaptists become more catholic,
and the Protestants become both.
I also believe that the average Catholic is a good Christian, whereas it takes an exceptional Protestant to be a good Christian. But that's all beside the point.
What do you think? Why can Catholics and Protestants not reconcile? How could this relationship be improved?
See also, my Catholic reading list.