our Lord Jesus Himself exhorted His hearers to 'search the scriptures' (john 5) and so did the apostles who wrote the books of the new testament.
i wonder,is it better to run away from all scripture reading just in case someone might think you are getting too protestant?
maybe, we should just let those who are not clergy stand at the back of the church, not quite hear what is said, not have time to ask questions (few priests for very many people) and then just watch as they slide towards damnation?
saint john chrysostom was not a protestant. the monks and nuns who faithfully copied out the Holy Bible by hand and distributed it or sold it for hundreds of years were not protestants.
so why should we now associate Bible reading with protestants?
is it not because of our failure to adequately teach and instruct the faithful over the last 500 years that there are even any protestants?
should we not rather be ashamed that there are so many people with a faulty understanding of theology who are captured by the beautiful words of God so much that they can help reading it every day?
should we not rather 'spur one another on to good deeds' and instruct and encourage those who are not clergy to see the beauty in the Holy Bible so they learn from the church, study hard and become the next generation of priests/priests' wives/nuns?