Note: I’m a Catholic writing this from a Catholic perspective, so I’ll just ask my Protestant brothers and sisters to go along with this wild speculation for now…
It is often said that God makes good things happen out of bad things. So this got me to thinking about the role of Protestants (from a Catholic perspective) in God’s plan.
The reformation was bad since it broke apart the one church. But on the other hand, the Catholic Church needed reformed, and the reformation seemed to provide an incentive to actually do it. So I’ll concede some points there to the Protestants Some good came out of the “bad” reformation in times past.
But what about today? The reformation, and Catholic responses to it are over and done with. What role does God have for Protestants in today’s world? Is it possible that they “complement” the Catholic Church in some way that is useful to the Catholic Church in God’s overall plan?
There are 2 things that occur to me about the Catholic Church that seems to inhibit us from saving more souls:
The Catholic faith is fairly complicated. Just look at the Catechism. This makes catechesis difficult.
Catholics are notoriously poor evangelists. When’s the last time a Catholic knocked on your door and asked you if you were saved Heck, we don’t even say hi to new faces in church
Protestants would seem to fill a vacuum here…they concentrate on simpler theology such as Sola Scriptura or Once Saved Always Saved. This is much easier to understand and therefore easier to accept than the totality of “complicated” Catholicism.
And Protestants are not afraid of knocking on doors.
So is the purpose of Protestantism to be a sort of “farm team” for the Catholic Church? [Please excuse the analogy - it is not meant to be disrespectful].
Protestants work very hard (I’ll give them credit there) to pull in people who have no faith, or are not well catechized, or who need a “lite” version of Christianity (less complicated than Catholicism). They get people (even ex-Catholics) truly excited about Jesus. For some people, this may be as far as they go. And it is certainly much better than having no faith at all. Then if the converts decide that they need more or want more, they can eventually find their way to Catholicism.
Of course, this whole post is wild speculation, and I want to reiterate that no offense is intended.
“Scotty - raise the shields - just in case.” ]