The liberal Protestant is essentially a critic. He is a critic of the Bible, a critic of tradition, a critic of traditional Christian morality, a critic of anything that is the received religion. The liberal Protestant feels obliged to pick it apart, reduce it to facts and submit the mysteries of the faith to human reason.
One wonders, if this is true for the “liberal protestant”, is it any less true for the consevative species thereof? The question really seems to be whether or not the particular mode of protestant criticizing is a movement of the Spirit to reshape the catholic church according to the will of Christ. Of course the fragmentary, reactionary, and disunified state of protestantism would seem to mitigate or at least severely chasten such an interpretation, wouldn’t it?