Hi folks. I recently went to a talk by the Catholic professor/author/speaker/TV personality Scott Hahn.
Don’t worry, I won’t relate all the parts of the talk that I took notes on :), but I would like to mention one small part.
Hahn described a conversation with an old Protestant friend, which I’ll repeat in part (this isn’t an exact quote of course as my memory isn’t perfect):
… I decided, rather than launching into counter-arguments, to start with areas of agreement. So I said, “I agree with you that Calvary was a sacrifice and the Lord’s Supper is a meal.”
After a moment’s pause I heard a sigh. He said, “Wow that’s a relief, because for a while there I thought you had really become a Catholic.”
I’ll leave you to imagine the audience’s reaction and move on to my question: Have you had similar experiences, vis-a-vis Protestants’ notions of what it means to be Catholic? In other words, in Protestant minds what does it mean to “really be[come] a Catholic”?