Whenever there is an argument between Catholics and Protestants regarding Sola Fide it seems like both sides try to cement their position as far from the other as possible. (I firmly accept the Catholic explanation, btw).
Both sides actually believe we must have faith and works but disagree on when or how the “works” comes in. Catholics say we must “do” something to cooperate with God’s grace. But protestants (I’ve spoken with) seem to suggest that “works” will follow if we only (or because) we have faith.
It seems to be a chicken and and egg argument that gets us nowhere. I just wonder if the argument persists because of pride on the part of Protestants who can’t bring themselves back to the Catholic Church and on the part of Catholics who are unable to give an inch due to the fact that we do have the fullness of truth.