We've been working on two questions: What was the Reformation and why did it happen?
My apologies to those who read and follow closely and have been wondering where this is going. I've been waylaid recently by loads of other work, travels to speak -- basically everything but Somali pirates have stood in the way of writing these apologetics lessons.
Because of this, it seems a summary of where we've been is in order at this point. If you want more clarity, I encourage you to quickly review the previously five posts.
In What Was the Reformation? I argued that at its heart the Reformation was a dispute over the issue of authority and that the separation that occurred at that time between Catholic and Protestant was a separation between those who continued to embrace the spiritual authority of the Catholic Church and those who rejected that authority to stand, with Luther, on the authority of Scripture alone.
There's more to it, but that's the heart of the disagreement. And this remains the heart of the disagreement between Protestantism and Catholicism.