Stephen at For God, For Country and For Yale posted parts of an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal regarding a Catholic professor who previously at evangelical Wheaton College. He had become a Catholic while there and was fired after he could not affirm their statement of faith centered on “sola scriptura”. One interesting quote from the article was “Wheaton hasn’t replaced Mr. Hochschild. One obstacle: Most scholars of medieval philosophy are Catholics.” While I don’t know if this statement is true, it would definitely seem to follow. As John Henry Cardinal Newman said "To be deep into history is to cease to be Protestant."
A fairly recent book by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization is a book I will eventually buy and get to that partly addresses this subject. Recently Fr. Pacwa interviewed him on EWTN Live (available in rm format) and the author has an article in this months This Rock magazine. He starts off with a quote from Will Roger "The problem with this country isn’t so much what people don’t know, it’s what people think they know that just ain’t so." Though when it comes to Church history it is a combination of the two. I am still annoyed by the Church sized hole in history that I was given in public school. Talk about censorship. Of course though we did get one piece of Church history – the extremely distorted version of the Galileo affair. Sometimes it seems I have spent most of my life unlearning what I thought I knew.
The author says in the article in This Rock magazine "Again, none of this history proves the Church’s claims about herself, but it does lend some support to those claims." Now having read the majority of Warren Carroll’s wonderful and highly recommended series of history books on Christendom I think it is the negative aspects of the Catholic Church that are the most powerful apologetically. Others long before me have remarked after either reading Church history or having some involvement with the Vatican that the only way that the Catholic Church has become the longest living human institution is that it is not just a human institution. If the Holy Spirit had not been guiding the Church it would have long since become a historical footnote.