[quote=michaelgazin]So how do you all respond to the argument (like that posed in Eric Svendson’s Upon This Slippery Rock) that, Catholics claim the reason for the thousands of protestant denominations is a result of private interpretation along with sola scriptura, though they claim even though we have the Magesterial Teaching in the form of the CCC and others, Catholics must engage in private interpretation themselves of official Catholic Documents.
An example Eric Svendson gives is from Vatican II, the Dei Verbum has provided several interpretations among Catholics; one being all scripture is inspired and inerrant, while others believe its inspiration only applies to scripture referencing salvation.
To sum it up, how can we justify the private interpretation we must use in understanding Catholic documents, while protestants are wrong in their private interpretation?
‘If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone . . . But if he does not listen, take on or two others along with you . . . If he refuses to listen . . . tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector’ (Mt 18:15-17).
The Bible is very clear to me about what to do if we have a disagreement with one another over some issue pertaining to the Faith. And please remember: To lead someone into heresy is a grievous sin against your brother according to Galatians 5:19-21! The Bible tells us that the Church, not the Bible, is the final court of appeal.
In other words, we as Catholics have a final court of appeal to resolve disputes, whereas Protestants do not. As someone alluded to, it’s the reason there is only one Catholic Church, and there are 36,000+ Protestant ecclesial communities.
The Bible cannot knock you on the head and tell you that you’re interpreting it wrong. The Church can.