I recently read the following advice from a Jesuit about how a Catholic can best interact with Protestants:
The first thing to keep in mind is that…he must look upon [Protestants] with great charity and love them in truth. And he must close his mind to all thoughts that would tend to lesson his affection for them. The second thing to be remembered is the need of gaining their goodwill so that they in turn shall love and think kindly of us. This can be accomplished by dealing with them in a friendly way on those subjects about which we are in agreement and by avoiding those disputed points in which one side might give the impression of lording it over the other. Rapprochement should be established with them in those areas in which there is concord between us rather than in those which tend to point up our mutual differences.
Who was the Jesuit who said this? Perhaps some 1970′s hipster who drank too much of the ecumenical Koolaid?
No, it is the words of Blessed Peter Faber, the first companion of St. Ignatius and cofounder of the Jesuits.