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An Evangelical Pope?

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 11:15 PM
Purgatory is a doctrinal development of the Latin Church from the commonly held Apostolic Tradition that the souls of the departed require purification after death, and that prayers for the departed are efficacious in that regard. The Eastern Churches do not have a doctrine of purgatory, and refuse to go much beyond the Tradition of the undivided Church, but all do believe that the souls of the departed are purified and that praying for the dead is helpful. They just don't speculate on how this is accomplished.

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...