Will someone please tell me why so many who post here are so obsessed with the RCC? You people must outnumber Catholics in this section by at least 10 to 1 and I don't understand why you would want to waste your valuable time and hang out here day after day. I mean really, you despise the faith tradition immensely so why would you even want to be where Catholics might be found. None of this makes any sense to me at all.
I'm not Catholic, yet I was born into the faith, and continued in the faith up until I was in my mid 20's. I learned a lot of valuable lessons as a Catholic, and even after leaving the church I can see how much of it still makes a lot of sense to me. I'm not one of those "recovering Catholics" who has a chip on their shoulder, nor am I now of the Protestant persuasion.
I think an equally pertinent question would be how does one defend their faith beyond a simple appeal to authority? This is an especially disturbing defense when we don't just have scripture refuting certain doctrines, but scripture that makes perfect sense, and is in agreement with the rest of scripture, and reality.
Again, this isn't always the case with Catholic doctrine. It only rears it's head when all other arguments fail.