Some comments that were posted lately though deserve some short comments and I thank all those who visited, read and commented:
From Augustinian Successor:
True Catholics who know that to be Catholic is to be Protestant.Yours Truly: This reminds me of one RC guy (the one who wish for this blog to shut down) who was honest enough to exclaim what his college professor said, that to be Catholic is to be (classic) Protestant. This is quite correct. In the end really the RC is following what the Protestant is doing, coming down to the wire, he is also following the dictate of his conscience i.e. also making a private decision, in relegating his authority of faith to something outside him, in this case the Magisterium. The Protestant process is in-escapable. In short everyone is doing a Luther in a great sense, whether one is honest enough or not.
From Past Elder:
I consider the Roman Church to be nothing more than the state religion of the Western Roman Empire and the Orthodox Church the state religion of the Eastern Roman Empire both outlasting the Empire which spawned them
Yours Truly: I wanted to continue the quote of Bro. Terry but it is not for wimps and those with onion skin sensibilities whose feelings are easily hurt so please read the comments in the previous post at your own risk (reader discretion implied). I recall what I heard of one who swam, for example the river Bosphorous getting shocked to find that it was as if time stood still when he got there, he concluded that it was Byzantinian culture that he got himself into. By analogy, and to the Elder's comment, the RC can be seen as such as well, the religious culture of the Western Holy Roman Empire. But it seems to me, one has to have eyes and ears that are exorcised of fanaticism in order to conclude this. You got to step outside and study this object objectively and without romanticism (was that a pun? I am not sure).