Shaolen, I believe I understand now. Thank you for the additional post.
You said your brother said “We could have a personal relationship with him without having to first go to an ordained priest”
When you reworded this, you said “How can I address his statement that the point of Jesus coming was to make it so we don’t need a priest”
Look back at the 2 statements. You assumed his comment was that people don’t need priests. Its not. His statement was that we can have a relationship with Him without going thru someone. That is true. Any person on this earth can start a conversation with Him. Anyone. Any religion and any atheist. To me, everything starts with that first conversation. We also have priests we can talk to, who can provide help and guidance, etc. I hope you understand that, by no means, am I trying to belittle anyone in the clergy. But to me, if you don’t ever have a one on one talk with Him, well, I think that would be sad. There is a beautiful prayer that has–Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from You no secrets are hid. He already knows everything, so having an open and honest conversation with Him is a wonderful thing and I believe it is a starting point in a walk in faith.
Since he is Baptist, of course he wouldn’t understand the structure (Pope, Bishop, Priest). Since you are catholic, you wouldn’t understand the structure of his faith.
You interpreted him to say “And the idea that the gospel message is just that we have a personal relationship”. With all due respect, I really don’t see where he is saying that. Perhaps you took offense at what he said because it felt like an attack on your beliefs. For that, I am truly sorry. Its hard sometimes when we feel our faith is being attacked. He may have felt his faith was attacked by what you posted. Faith is a deeply personal thing. When one person feels their faith is being attacked, he fights back and may say things about the other person’s faith. Then the second person feels attacked and jumps back at the first.
Perhaps you and your brother can rejoice in the common aspects you have. You both believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; you both believe Jesus came, was crucified, died on the cross, and was resurrected. You both believe Jesus is the son of God. There are thousands of things you have in common. Perhaps, sometimes, we can step back and let the Holy Spirit work.
Just my thoughts. I pray that both you and your brother feel His love and rejoice in the Lord our God.