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An Evangelical Pope?

John7286 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 3:32 PM
Some comments were very good but overall, what a demonstration of ignorance. Although I usually agree with Mr. Youssef, he is wrong on a number of issues here. As an example, the Catholic Church will accept the baptism of any Christian church. Even Pope Benedict recently stated such. They also recognize many outside the Catholic church as genuinely Christian even though they would like them to return. On the other side, at least they don't recognize antinomianism (lawlessness with the freedom to sin) and they also accept their social responsibility that is missing in so many Evangelical churches. The last two forced me to recently convert to the Catholic faith. Maybe at 69 I am getting senile.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:34 PM

At 69, John, you have seen the light; and not only "believe" in Jesus. you REJOICE in him, as a Catholic should. BRAVO!

Bible Thumpers and Catholic-bashers do not realize how JOYFUL, meaningful and fulfilling it is, to live in the Holy Faith of our ancestors. A "Doctor" like Michael Y is thrilled by Bible study; not by the holiness of Our Lord. I sometimes think evangelicals as a rule have no concept of HOLINESS.
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:44 PM

Before he died. actor Ricardo Montalban said in an interview;

That the most important thing in his whole life had been his Catholic faith. He left this life in the state of grace due to that faith. Despite becoming a very rich man, working in films and TV. You wouldn't picture RICH Ricardo going to heaven with Jesus, the angels and saints. But for God, says Our Lord, nothing is impossible. That Catholic soul proves it. Montalban LOVED the Catholic Church!

Charles41 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:35 PM
Accept the baptism of any church for what? Salvation? Did you miss the part where Jesus paid it all and there is nothing we can add to His perfect work? They went out from us because they were not of us.
Chip. Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 5:39 PM
It looks like Catholics don't recognize Mormons as Christians, because they do not recognize Mormon baptisms, although it appears they do recognize all or most baptisms from other churches. Either way,
Youssef is wrong on this point. I don't recall seeing a religious column on TH, but what the heck. If people can be dragged into religious discussions, maybe the disagreements over most of the political disagreements will disappear. I'm game either way.

And you know why? It is because a lot of leftists are out there who think they are followers of Jesus, while they talk just like atheists and members of the Church of liberalism, with practically no understanding of Christianity.
Terminus in WA Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 6:04 PM
Traditional Protestantism does not recognize Mormons as Christians either, for that matter. There have been lots of "religious" columns here over the years, and they frequently are controversial, like this one.
Younger Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:52 PM
As the Mormons have a distinctly difference understanding of the Trinity (God the Father has a corporeal body, Jesus is a brother to Lucifer, and the Holy Spirit is simply a spirit), their baptism has no relation to baptism in the Name of the Trinity--and cannot be accepted
dreadnaught/13 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:40 AM

What on earth is "traditional protestantism?"

Are protestants like Galatians in Paul's epistle? Traditional, and yet anathema?

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...