It might help you in your discussion if you look through Calvary Chapels’ web sites - they are very pointed in their anti-Catholicism - not quite coming right out and saying that the pope is the anti-Christ, but if you read the sermons posted on their site, it’s clear that the congregation is getting a whopping dose of bigotry with their “Bible only.”
I do believe that I saw “Whore of Babylon” in reference to the Catholic church on at least one of their sites and a lot of their doctrine is aimed squarely against Catholic teachings. If you read through what they teach, you might get a better idea of what you’re up against.
I tried to tell someone of that church that the notion of “Bible only” is not only extra-Biblical but counter-Biblical and even that does not register.
But, after one discussion that was headed down a sad road, I just dropped it. I said that I’m very glad she’s a Christian and that I’d rather not discuss it at all if it was going to cause us to be divided.
She’s asked for clarification on the Blessed Mother and I started to try to answer, but she ONLY wants information about Mary. Nothing else.
Well, as you know, there’s no way to isolate the information about Mary and avoid going into other facets of Catholicism. But that’s exactly how they’re taught - to compartmentalize and separate - that’s how fundamentalists win so many converts - they isolate points of faith and argue one point at a time. If they were to argue the whole faith, they could not be so effective, because the inconsistencies would show up more clearly.
If she really wants more info, I’m going to send her Rome Sweet Home and the Scott Hahn conversion story on CD from catholicity.com - from a former Bible-only scholar, she might hear and accept it all better than she would if it’s coming from me.
Good luck with your discussions!