There are many Protestants who are “Anti-Catholic”. Indeed, for them, this is what it means to be Protestant. The assumption is sometimes made, therefore that we Catholics–especially we CONVERT Catholics–are “Anti-Protestant”. Nothing could be further from the Truth.
I have a deep and abiding pride in my Lutheran heritage and a great love for the Lutheran Church. While there are many aspects of Lutheran teaching with which I would disagree as a Catholic, to call me “Anti-Lutheran” would be wildly wide of the mark. I retain a great deal of the Lutheran spirituality with which I grew up. In fact, I occasionally (when I am feeling just that little more provocative than usual) describe myself as “A Lutheran in Communion with the Bishop of Rome”.
This is the case with many converts. A group of ex-Baptists expressed this same sentiment only just the other day on EWTN’s Journey Home program.
We love the Catholic Church. We believe that the Spirit of God has led us to that communion in which the one true Church of Christ “subsists” fully. Nevertheless we cannot but be aware that there were some riches in our previous communities that are in slight evidence (although never completely absent) in the Catholic Church. Often these range around some of my “Seven Sorrows” I mentioned in the blog below, eg. lack of passion for evangelisation, lack of knowledge of the Scriptures, lack of good hymnody in worship.
Nor do we downplay the real weaknesses of our former communities–the chief of which is the lack of ecclesial authenticity and the fullness of the Catholic doctrine.
Nevertheless–no matter how stridently and ardently we may sing the praises of the Catholic Church (and sometimes even drone its lament), we can never be fairly described as “anti-Protestant”. In fact, we love Protestant Christians so much we want to be in full communion with them! With YOU, dear separated-brethren/sistern-Reader!