You’re right puzzleannie, a lot of the Protestant posts that the OP is complaining about are not attacks per se, and sometimes are not intended as attacks. The propblem is that these non-attacks can do more damage than actual attacks. Common situation - A Catholic asks a question, not purely a matter of theology but often something that’s important for their life. A Protestant gives an answer, and truly believes what they’re saying, but their answer is not in line with Catholic teaching. This is not an attack and doesn’t look like one. But the result is very bad - the Catholic has been misled (unless they realise that they have been fed a non-Catholic answer - but how is anyone else on the forums supposed to know whether they swallowed the answer or not?) The only remedy is for Catholics who can see the lie to come in to that thread and post “don’t listen to that guy, this is the official Catholic teaching.”
However, the thing is that any Protestants posting answers to those questions are not so ‘innocent’ - I’m pretty sure they know, when they’re posting, that they’re giving an answer that the question asker didn’t want. Because this is a Catholic forum - no one would ask a question on CAF unless they wanted a Catholic answer (unless they really specify)… if someone wanted a Protestant answer they would go to a Protestant forum. The Protestants posting in those threads are unfairly evangelising when they haven’t been invited to, and they know it.
What I would like is if there was a part of the forums where only Catholics were allowed so that these Catholics who need an answer and don’t need to be conned (not that the Protestants think they are conning - they think they’re doing a favor - but we know otherwise) will be able to post there. That’s what they do on some Protestant forums - kick all the Catholics out of the Protestant-only sections. It’s not a denial of the right to free speech, it’s just protecting the souls of those innocent Catholics who rely on CAF to give them good answers.
Or, another good idea would be to have a symbol on each post made by a non-Catholic user, to warn readers. (But this would require moderation of users to make sure no-one is lying about their religion. So would the other idea in fact).
And it’s not just the Protestants. The cafeteria and progressive Catholics also post answers which are against Catholic teaching and believe that it’s okay. It may be okay with them but again it has negative effects on the person asking the question.
Oh, and Singinbeauty, we don’t believe that God loves Protestants less that Catholics. But we do believe that Catholic teaching is right and Protestant teaching isn’t 100% right. And we believe that this is an important issue. Tell me, if a Christian sect emerged that said stealing was okay (even though the 7th commandment is ‘Thou shalt not steal’), wouldn’t you want to make a distinction between yourself and that sect, and wouldn’t you tell others that what that sect is saying is wrong?
Ah, and we can love Protestants and still say they are wrong. Jesus loved plenty of people who He said were wrong.