I believe that Catholics are doing the Christian “heavy lifting workout” in (fully and faithfully) practicing their faith…while protestants who may be very sincere and good Christians…are doing the “light workout” version of Christianity…but there is no “heavy lifting” in their faith…no complexity and very little in demands except what they are willing to buy into…no demand to be under anyone’s authority and no demand to be obedient to their faith group’s leadership. So why the “lets get some Catholics to convert”…pure pride and jealously. I don’t buy that…to save our souls junk…if that were the case…they would be after all the thousands (35,000+) of other protestant faith groups that don’t follow their theology and their creed/worship…but it is us Catholics they go after. We are the threat to their breakaway theology…so to justify remaining in that position…they have to attack the Catholic Church, Its teachings (Magisterium) and Its members.
Catholic (convert) Author and Educator…Dr. Thomas Howard (a brilliant and humble man) made a very interesting statement when he was on The Journey Home EWTN program with Marcus Grodi when speaking about conversions [Protestant to Catholic & Catholic to Protestant]–the types of believers that leave one faith to go to the other:
[paraphrasing] …*protestants who leave their faith *to become a Catholic…really know the protestant faith that they are leaving (they know exactly what they are giving up)…and all that it teaches and all that it encompasses. However…Catholics who leave their faith to become a protestant…know very little about their faith (they have a very shallow and non substantive understanding and are often confused about their faith’s teachings and what they are really giving up)…they do not know all that it encompasses…they know very little about their Catholic faith (the “why” behind what their Catholic Church teaches).
http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/images/bookcovers/thowardbooks.jpg Thomas Howard was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-twenties, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of fifty.
Dave Armstrong[ writes]("http://socrates58.blogspot.com/2006/01/thomas-howard-quotes.html") of Howard: "He cites the influence of great Catholic writers such as Newman, Knox, Chesterton, Guardini, Ratzinger, Karl Adam, Louis Bouyer, and St. Augustine on his final decision. Howard's always stylistically-excellent prose is especially noteworthy for its emphasis on the sacramental, incarnational and ‘transcendent’ aspects of Christianity."
Like C.S. Lewis, who he greatly admires and has written about often, Howard is an English professor (recently retired, after nearly forty years of teaching), who taught at Gordon College and then at St. John’s Seminary. He is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar, noted for his studies of Inklings C.S. Lewis (Narnia & Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C.S. Lewis [2006, 1987]) and Charles Williams (The Novels of Charles Williams ), as well as books including Christ the Tiger (1967), Chance or the Dance? (1969), Hallowed be This House (1976), Evangelical is Not Enough (1984), If Your Mind Wanders at Mass (1995), On Being Catholic (1997), and The Secret of New York Revealed.
**Thomas Howard books published by Ignatius Press:**