From my perspective there seems to be a large misunderstanding when using the term “church” when in dialogue with my Protestant brothers. Inevitably in dialogue things begin to get out of hand and I am starting to see a pattern which seems to stem from the difference in usage in the term “church”
In hopes of improving dialogue between Catholics and Protestants, I would like to give my understand of the Protestant view of “church” and solicit correction where I may be wrong. In turn, I invite others to give their understandings, Protestant understanding on Catholic view of “church” and also other Catholics understanding of Protestant view of “church”.
adfs’ understanding of Protestant view of church:
The full invisible body of believers in Christ, “believers” used loosely by some and more strictly by others. This body can only be seen by God who only knows the sincerity of faith of the individual. This body is made universal and crosses all cultural, geographic, & ethnic lines through the same belief and faith.
Is there anything I should add to this for a more complete understanding of “church”?