After reviewing quite a bit of catholic.com and reading many of the posts on this board, it seems to me that protestantism is terribly misrepresented. Many of the posts tend to sway toward identifying all protestants with fringe groups like Pentecostals who blend the line between cult and Christianity.
I have read much about how many Protestants know very little about Catholic doctrine, but the same can be said about Protestants and this site.
The fact of the matter is that many if not most Protestants don’t:
Believe every single word of the Bible to be literal, whether they be evangelicals (like myself) or not. Most protestants take the Bible “seriously, but not literally”. Sola Scriptura simply means that the Word of God is the best authority we have, not that it wasn’t physically written by men and contains mistakes. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit, however, as Catholics believe.
Believe in speaking in tongues or any other strange signs of the Holy Spirit. This is a pentecostal thing, and I am truly offended that some people in previous posts have grouped “protestants” as a whole with the likes of Benny Hinn.
Baptize Adults. Only Baptists, Pentecostals/Charismatics, and non-denominationers practice this. Baptism is a sign, much like circumcision is for Jews, that a Child will be admitted and brough up among a community of believers.
Believe that by saying something along the lines of “I accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior” that a person is then “saved”. For many protestants, growing close to God takes many years and rarely has some sort of epiphany that suddenly makes them become “saved”. As a believer of Reformed Theology, I personally believe that a person is not “saved” through their own personal act, but by God’s choice to elect the to heaven. Augustine taught a similar idea as have many Catholics over the years, unfortunately over the years, the apparent self-serving idea of free-will has developed and taken some of the glory away from the sovereign God. I guess Reformed Theology just isn’t practical to people today, but alas this is a subject for elsewhere.
I also fear that many here have a difficult time telling the difference between anti-catholicism and legitimate theological differences. Please, I would love to hear what your problems with protestantism is and respond to it. Hope this helps.