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An Evangelical Pope?

Andy544 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:20 PM
"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14) "Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray." (Isaiah 9:16) "For judgement I have come into this world that the blind may see, and those who see may become blind." (John 9:39)
Troglodite Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 8:11 PM

I hope that you realize that Catholics have applied these and similar passages, as well as Matthew 15:9, to Luther, Calvin, Henry VIII, and their followers and that they did so not without reason. Face it: "faith alone" was a doctrinal innovation far more flagrant than anything that the post-Constantinian church ever came up with. The mere multiplication of Scriptural references, in a seeming effort to outshout the opposition (and reassure oneself that the opposition is wicked and stupid), does not advance understanding.

The media, including some in the Christian media, throw around the word evangelical with little understanding of its proper definition. Most recently, the media has done this in referring to Pope Benedict XVI as the “Evangelical Pope.”

In an attempt to say he’s a missionary-minded Pope, or a proselytizing Pope, they impart a title that would probably make him most uncomfortable.

I have a deep respect for Pope Benedict. Respect for his impressive intellect. Respect for his strong stand on moral issues. Respect for his belief in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ for salvation. Respect for his levelheadedness in understanding other...