Louis Bouyer contends that the only way to safeguard the positive principles of the Reformation is through the Catholic Church. For only in the Catholic Church are the positive principles the Reformation affirmed found without the negative elements the Reformers mistakenly affixed to them.
Imagine yourself a Christian living in the year 55 AD, at the Greek city of Ephesus in Asia Minor. Youre probably either a housewife or a fisherman, or perhaps a farmer growing olives on a hillside near your home. Your political sovereign is the Emperor Nero at Rome. The pastor of your church is St. John the Apostle
Catholics trying to understand the Reformation sometimes complain about the wide range of Protestant churches, denominations and sects. The challenge is not as great as it seems at first glance because the tens of thousands of Protestant churches, denominations and sects trace their origins back, one way or another, either to the three major founders of the Reformation or to the Radical Reformation movement known as the Anabaptists. Understand them, and you'll go a long way toward understanding the complex reality called Protestantism.