This is an interesting observation with more than a little merit behind it… check it out on “Cruising Down the Coast of the High Barbaree“:
Assuming that people who disagree with you are uneducated, unread, ignorant morons does not help your case. I realize that it’s the Newman way, which is why I’m going to suggest you stop reading Newman. There’s this really pervasive culture within papism that any intelligent person who isn’t papist is simply ignorant. I’m not sure if this comes from Newman, the doctrine of Invincible Ignorance (i.e. any intelligent/pious person who isn’t papist is simply ignorant), or both. I’m not saying it has to stop. Actually, it gives us “Prots” endless comedic fodder when we talk about our encounters with pompous, arrogant, condescending self-righteous papists telling us how uneducated we are, how we don’t know anything about church history, how we’ve never read the Catechism, how we know nothing about foreign cultures, how we have no clue what real ministry demands, etc.