I’ve heard many Protestants, mainly Evangelical and Fundamentalist, claim erroneously that Catholicism is a “works-based faith”, even though the Catholic Church has never taught that we can earn our way to heaven.
But, in thinking about the way these Protestants approach their salvation, I’ve come to the opinion that they tend to be the ones that try to “do it on their own” so to speak.
First of all, Christ instituted the Sacrament of Confession and gave it to the Church. Christians feel they don’t need this Grace so they think they can do it on their own, even though it is a gift that Christ gave to His Church. Why would one reject a gift that Christ personally gave us?
Secondly, Christ instituted the Eucharist and gave it to His Church. Many Christians feel that they don’t need this wonderful Grace and feel that they can get this same “Eternal Life” if it is just between “me and Christ”, even though it is a gift that Christ gave to His Church.
I could go on - praying for the souls of the dead (a funeral without prayers for the soul of the deceased is one of the saddest events I’ve ever attended, IMO), asking the saints to pray for us, and numerous other Traditions that Christ instituted through His Bride, the Church - but the point is, Christ did all this, and in rejecting His Bride, many Christians choose to do it on their own.
Note: Before my brothers like Edwin (Contrarini) pipe in and accuse me of lumping all non-Catholic Christians into the same boat, I know that this is not the case. I’m basically pointing this to the Evangelical and Fundamentalism faiths that rely on Sola Scriptura, OSAS, Sola Faith, and all that.