"It just gets frustrating.
"Protestants are very happy to purvey their own personal opinions as deserving respect while dismissing with epithets the preservation of Christian Tradition. They act as if their opinions are presupposition free and come from a “neutral” reading of the Bible. Furthermore, they act as if their views have some historical basis instead of being cobbled together from modernist views in every age. But when we assert our position strongly and with conviction they have the nerve to quote VCII and the “separated brethren” nonsense as if we Catholics need to pretend that we are not the One True Church with an infallible teaching authority from God that COMMANDS their obedience and submission.
"The Protestant systems are predicated on private judgement, yet they never extend to us Catholics the courtesy to allow us our own private judgement. They play semantic games about “infallibility” and “private opinions” which are hypocritical. Since their views are based on nothing more than private opinions how dare they attack us on those same grounds? They undermine their own credibility. In their systems, we have just as much right to our opinions as they have to theirs. The most that any Protestant can say is that in his/her opinion they can not agree with us. They are in no position to say who is right or wrong.
"The “separated brethren” cracks are also wearing very thin with me. When the argument on the issues is going badly, they then tell us that we have no right to disagree with them because they are sepbreth. They pretend that this means we have no right to argue against their positions. I understand that we want to be charitable to each other, but telling the truth is the ultimate charitable act. We are not here at a Catholic apologetic website trying to be “ecumenical”. We are here hashing out our differences.
"We are not Protestants. We are not members of “just another denomination.” We Catholics are THE Church. There is no other. We have valid bishops, sound doctrine, the complete Bible, preservation of Tradition, and Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit. No Protestant “religion” can claim that.
"The real emphasis on “separated brethren” should be on the separated part. They separated themselves from us. Now they have to live with the consequences. But they don’t want to. They want to make us feel guilty for remaining faithful to the Ancient Catholic Faith. I will have none of that.
"The only thing the Protestants have that is of any value is the Bible which we gave them and apart from Catholic Authority, that Bible is just another religious book. They need to recognize their debt to us and the fact that Protestantism CONTRADICTS not only the Ancient Catholic Faith but Scripture as well. Protestantism was a religious innovation based on Nominalist philosophy and not a return to Biblical faith.
“That is the truth and it is not negotiable.”
Dr. Art Sippo
Quoted by permission.