As I think the point is lost on at least some who are reading this thread, I’d like to point out that there’s a difference between understanding what the RCC teaches (and what its constituents believe) and accepting or *agreeing with *it.
For instance, I really do understand that you don’t believe that you’re guilty of idolatry. Likewise, I really do understand that you truly believe that a church with an organized hierarchy is important. I can even sort of place myself in your shoes and understand why you believe those things. All that said, however, it doesn’t mean that I agree that those beliefs are accurate. This is neither blindness nor stubbornness.
In short – it’s possible for two people with honest intentions to come to different conclusions. This is, in part, due to unknowing blindness on the parts of both. For instance, our upbringing and our own cultures can influence our thoughts without us even realizing this.
Now, with all of that, there’s one important point – we are all human. This means that each of us is capable of error in our beliefs. Failure to, or refusal to, listen to the views of another, no matter how stubborn they may be, is simply a sign of stubbornness on our own part.
I understand that it can be frustrating to deal with people who seemingly refuse to accept any semblance of logic or reason (there are several here who I might place in that category) – however, unless your goal is to simply win arguments (which, admittedly is the sorry goal or many apologists), you need to learn to deal with frustration in a way other than refusing to listen.
By the way, here’s something else to ponder, Manny – if you think Protestants are being stubborn and refusing to listen, how do you think Protestants (not me, but others) view you, especially when you have expressly stated you’re not going to listen? Such a post as this can only damage any chance you have of convincing others of the righteousness of what you’re preaching.