I’m not sure where this particular objection to Catholicism originated, but I’ve been presented with it some time ago, and occasionally it pops back up. A Refomed preacher in my denomination outlines it the best in his “History of the Protestant Reformation” mega-series (like 40 sermons). I’ve got the tape set, and I’d like a t-shirt
St. Augustine of Canterbury was sent to convert the monks in the British Isle’s to Catholicism, and to be under the Pope. (I"d correct him here and say that he was sent to bring them under the Benedictine Rule, a rule for monks). And he didn’t stand up to greet their leader monks, and so they knew he wasn’t humble and therefore didn’t want anything to do with him.
The preacher then goes on to say that these British Isle’s Christians (monks) were almost thoroughtly Reformed, and believed in Justification by Faith Alone.
The local Catholic priest here said they were a strange lot of folks, like they painted their eyelids and things like that.
Anyways, any information on that. It’s hard to come by anything solid on this particular issue.