The doctrine of Sola Scriptura is heresy. The doctrine that scripture is authoritative is NOT heresy – it is the “Sola” part that is the heresy, not the “Scriptura” part. Scripture is authoritative, but it is not the *sole * authority.
If you want to say that Protestantism is a mixture of truth and heresy, I won’t argue that point.
[quote=PAX] OSAS believers are our separated brothers and sisters in Christ. We would truly damage our opportunities to share our faith with them if we do not give recognition to the common ground that we do have.
Indeed, even among Satan worshippers we can find something in common if we look hard enough. There are thousands of Protestant sects, and there isn’t a one that teaches all falsehood. The spiritual truths that Protestants teach are the spiritual truths that they received from the Catholic Church. Catholics cannot denigrate these spiritual truths without denigrating the teaching of their own Church! All this is clearly taught in the Vatican II document, DECREE ON ECUMENISM - UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO :… men who believe in Christ and have been truly baptized are in communion with the Catholic Church even though this communion is imperfect. The differences that exist in varying degrees between them and the Catholic Church- whether in doctrine and sometimes in discipline, or concerning the structure of the Church–do indeed create many obstacles, sometimes serious ones, to full ecclesiastical communion. The ecumenical movement is striving to overcome these obstacles. But even in spite of them it remains true that all who have been justified by faith in Baptism are members of Christ’s body, and have a right to be called Christian, and so are correctly accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church.
Moreover, some and even very many of the significant elements and endowments which together go to build up and give life to the Church itself, can exist outside the visible boundaries of the Catholic Church: the written word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, and visible elements too. All of these, which come from Christ and lead back to Christ, belong by right to the one Church of Christ.
The brethren divided from us also use many liturgical actions of the Christian religion. These most certainly can truly engender a life of grace in ways that vary according to the condition of each Church or Community. These liturgical actions must be regarded as capable of giving access to the community of salvation.