New guy to the forum, but old hand in politics and Legislatures… I’d suggest adopting the attitude/posture that the church YOU belong to is the one Jesus personally started and St Paul & St Peter helped build. Your church is the original and only true Christian church… everyone else --especially fundamentalists, bible literalists, and evangelicals-- are just one-off breakaway believers. Most of that nonsense comes from the evang wing of protesting churches.
America is a pluralist democracy and our Republic believes in freedom of religion, even if those in the protesting churches are wrong… Catholics should always hold confidence that they descended from Jesus’ ministry and movement without doctrinal break. St Paul (and Fr Luther) would be dismayed with today’s average mainline protesting believer and their community… we don’t have to act arrogant, but we shouldn’t lose sight that evangs are the upstarts making it all up as they go. 1.4 Billion Catholics make up more than 1/2 of Christianity. Are they all wrong? We have 2000 years of history backing us up. Were the tens of billion believers all wrong?
Let’s stop worrying about converting Protesants or what illogical and ignorant opinions they hold about Catholics --let’s focus on bringing wayward Catholics back home. No snappy rejoinder or witty insight will win a debate with a protesting believer. Let 'em go for now-- we’ve all got enough to do to get wayward Catholics back after the priest sex abuse scandals and institutional coverups, the Vatican Bank’s cosy money laundering schemes with worldwide crime syndicates and drug lords, etc.