I’ve said it before, but in the light of the response to my Firstthings.com article on Protestantism, it bears repeating:

The best Protestant response to Roman Catholicism is a raucously joyous Catholic Protestantism. That’s how Protestants can encourage deeper reform within the Roman Catholic church.

The worst response is a brittle, sectarian Protestantism that has no reason to be except to not-be Catholic. Defensive Protestants create their own nightmares, producing boatloads of future Roman Catholics.

The best offense is not to play defense all the time.