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At a bare minimum, you would have no Bible to obsessively thump were it not for 1500 years of the Catholic Church, writing, preserving, copying, protecting and teaching these scriptures so that eventually you American Protestant fundamentalists could come along and claim everyone else was wrong and hell-bound and you guys are the only right ones.
Also, many of the ideas you have -- theological, church historical, etc.-- are drawn from the millenia and a half of sacred traditions of the Catholic Church before Luther came along. See Paul for the importance of church tradition.
So if Catholicism was and is so evil and abominable, etc. where was your Holy Spirit for 1500 years until Martin Luther the Jew Hater came along?
You are correct in that either the Holy Spirit is directing the RCC, or He is not. Was the RCC, which claims it can never err, directed by the Holy Spirit to arrest, imprison, torture and kill hundreds of thousands Bible-believing Christians for 600 years??? You need to read objective, generic Church history and you will see there were Christians who were not a part of either Protestantism or Catholicism.