I was meeting Alison at uni during the week, and noticed the newest posters for the (Roman) Catholic society's weekly talks. This week the subject was 'Protestant Reformation or Revolt?' This is the latest in the long line of particularly pointy talks from Catholics on Campus aimed at...?
Actually, I'm not too sure who Catholics on Campus (COC - a very unfortunate name) are really trying to target - although I do have some ideas. The arrival of George Pell as Catholic Archbishop also saw an increase in Catholic activity at university (i.e. the John Paul II Resource Center was opened in 2002). The aim was to bring catholic 'black sheep' back into the fold of Catholicism, and to provide a catholic club for all the Catholics who had previously been involved in groups like EU. The culmination of course was WYD08. And it has increased catholic zeal at uni.
But COC has an alternative target. And an alternative name of my own creation: EPOC - Evangelizing Protestants on Campus. With talks like 'What does Jesus say about Justification?' and 'The Protestant Error of Biblical Inerrancy', it has been pretty clear for several years now that COC have been organizing talks that only protestant evangelicals might be interested in.
One of my earliest posts on hebel was on the attractiveness of Catholicism to Protestants. However, the polemics if COC leave much to be desired if they really are trying to Evangelize Protestants on Campus.
EDIT: Justin has posted on sydneyanglicans.net about Swimming up the Tiber.