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An Evangelical Pope?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:43 AM
I will simply point out that every Apostolic Church tracing its roots to the first century AD holds to the same core beliefs concerning the Church and salvation as does the Catholic Church (which, inter alia, is a communion of 23 particular Churches, only one of which is "Roman". Churches not in communion with Rome--the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and the Church of the East-- which have fundamental disagreements with Rome regarding matters such as Papal infallibility and the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary, agree with Rome on more fundamental matters such as the efficacy of the sacraments, the sacramental presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the intercession of the saints and of the Mother of God

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...