I do not think many Protestants will find this line of arguing compelling. I do not.
" Granted I am not Sola Scriptura "
My curiosity is with Sola Scriptura as doctrine
but I think it transcends any particular theology. Let me explain.
“There are any number of groups that make statements about the ability of their organization to be the correct interpreter.”
The Catholic Church is the only organization that makes the claim that Peter and the ten other apostles were the nucleus of what is now a 2000 year old plus Church and that on Holy Thursday our Lord instructed these men on how they were to feed the souls of His flock until the end of time. With the Bible as support, the Catholic Church states that the apostles were given the power to loose and bind sins and that power has been passed down to all those men that Bishops have laid hands upon. It is the Catholic Church that makes the claim that the Holy Spirit, over a period of centuries, guided it in choosing which books were to be included in the complete list of those that God chose as the complete Truth as He wanted it revealed. There is no other group comparable to the Catholic Church in this regard.
My point is that if you were reliant on Sacred Scripture as the only authority on matters of morals and your interpretation was in conflict with someone else who was just as in love with Christ as you, do you simply say oh well and hope you are not in error or do you search for more defining answers?
" We can all think of them. Peace of mind would only come if someone accepted the authority of the person(s) making the pronouncement.
If someone does not accept the authority of the Catholic Church, I cannot imagine there ability to make judgments on any matters will particularly matter to nonmembers."
If one was unsatisfied with Sola Scriptura and searching for something that made better sense I would not expect that person to accept the teaching authority of the Catholic Church without attempting to disprove those doctrines governing Catholic Christians. Taking each one individually and hearing the arguments in their favor, one might make an informed decision as to whether the Catholic Church possesses the greatest amount of Truth. If in the course of that search one comes away dissatisfied, then so be it.
I think that peace of mind comes to Christians in the honest effort to seek the Face of God and act in accordance with what they learn and is not exclusive to any given Church. The olive branch I am offering is to those who are not at peace with their understanding of revealed Truth and want answers that don’t leave them wondering. I’m suggesting that the group known as Catholics have some pretty sound reasoning behind their claims and it would be worth the journey to prove them wrong.
“Whether you agree or not, I hope it makes sense”
What makes sense to me is that if you are at peace where you are being nurtured you are in a good place. If you were not, I would suggest that it may be found in the Catholic faith. While not fully united, we, all Christians, make up the mystical body of Christ and should be working towards each other’s successful return to the Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit. I think the quality of that journey is important too.
May the Peace of Christ be with us all, always