Brand new here so please deliver a beat-down if this is a stupid question (not the face! not the face!)
Trolling through many threads, I’ve perceived a pattern simplified below:
Protestant A: Catholicism is a bunch of lies.
Catholic A: On what basis?
Catholic B: How dare you say that! Luther was a heretic who played with doody!
Catholic C: Doody-playing is off-topic.
Protestant A: I’m never posting here again.
Catholic A: Good riddance
Catholic B: Good riddance
Catholic C: Good riddance
Now, if this is a Catholic forum specifically tailored to defending the Catholic faith, and we’re inviting people to challenge and discuss the Catholic faith, is it reasonable to presume people so doing can expect some of us to defend it dispassionately and some aggressively?
Should we feel guilty for vigorous defenses? Some responses seem harsh, but critiquing dearly-held beliefs is what this is all about, right?
Is the pattern above a positive or a negative (or an invalid) one?
Now that I’ve left the ranks of the heretics I’m not sure if it’s good form to fire up some stakes or merely gently prod.