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An Evangelical Pope?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:47 AM
the Apostolic Succession of bishops, the necessity of auricular confession, the use of liturgical worship with set prayers and hymns, the utility of fasting, the use of sacred images. . . . The list goes on and on. The Church of the first century looked a lot more like those Apostolic Churches today than it did the myriad Evangelical denominations, whose lack of fidelity to the Tradition passed down by the Apostles is also the source of their theological and ethical chaos.

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...