I should probably clarify that I don’t waste my effort considering whether non-Christ centered “religion” is applicable to my theory. Sure, by all classical definitions they are very much religions. For my part, I don’t care. Not when it comes to a discussion of salvation.
That said, I’m not going to make digs at the Protestant denominations. Were it not for a non-denominational church and later a Methodist church, I would not be where I am today. Some of the complaints against the Catholic church that caused the schism were very valid concerns. It’s unfortunate that the split resulted in the miscellany we now call Christendom, but I DO understand where a lot of these people are.
Obviously, my preference is the Catholic tradition. That is why I joined the Anglican Communion and am a practicing Catholic. That’s why I actually MEAN it when I say I “believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” But I don’t believe that requires me to abandon our brothers and sisters who currently walk elsewhere in their search for a relationship with Christ. I just regret that they are missing out on the rich liturgy and spiritual benefit of our practices.
Of course, this is not to say that everyone who professes to be Christian, Catholic or otherwise, is truly in search of a divine relationship with Christ. Fr. McBrien is proof positive that not all who name themselves Christian truly follow Christ.
Well, that is the entire point, isn't it? It is not "making digs at the Protestant demominations" to say that to them.