One of my fellow Catholic posters (Wyatt, if I remember rightly) recently commented that Anglicans are Protestants. At that time, I wasn't much inclined to start a discussion about whether they are or aren't; but I changed my mind when I read the blog post Pro and Con testantism. Anyone else interested in discussing/debating it?
andThe Reformers of the 16th century used the word "Protestant" to declare that they believed in the Scriptures, and that they sought to be more Catholic than the Papists who obscured the Scriptures, failed to proclaim their meaning, and hid the Gospel under centuries of superstitious rubble.
The current Pope, Benedict XVI, the noblest German of them all, whose works I have long respected since the days when we called him Cardinal Ratzinger, is one of the finest Protestants to be published in modern times. Clearly he favors the Gospel and the Scripture just as we do (I wish I could say the same about his rather large denomination). Because he is such a Protestant, it is not easy to be more Catholic than he is.