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An Evangelical Pope?

tomloreo Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:37 AM
This article, in and of itself, is a direct assault on the Roman Catholic Church. To suggest that any Pope (be it Benedict or John Paul II) is not "evangelical" is pseudo-protestant nonsense. The Church's (all Catholics) efforts to spread the Gospel worldwide over 2000+ years, with much success, is basis enough to be called evangelical. Mr. Youseff, by the inferences made, is a making a clear and open denunciation of the Catholic Church and all it's members and is not the essence of a true Christian. I'm especially disappointed that this dribble is appearing as a prime article in a Townhall column. It is an affront to many of your readers and should not have been given the time of day let alone the space it occupies.
IsraelFirsterSecond Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 12:21 PM
The catholic burch should be assaulted. It's garbage.
Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 8:51 AM
He's right though -- the Catholic Church is NOT about salvation through grace and grace alone. You may quibble about the words he chooses to use, but Catholicism and the Christianity of the Bible are virtual strangers.

For instance, the Catholic belief in Purgatory (which was invented to make the Catholic Church rich) is a direct affront to Christ and His work on the Cross. The idea that Jesus' sacrifice was not enough to completely save people is just about as anti-Christian as you can get. And this is only one of the many errors in their thought.

The Catholic Church has strayed far from the path of Christ and the author is right -- we all need to pray that the next Pope will work to bring the Catholic Church back into the fold.
soliton2 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 9:56 AM
Corbett , Your tired objections have been refuted and thoroughly dismantled since the early Church. Read the tracts on CAtholic Answers or the Catechism of the CC.
Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 10:11 AM
Soliton -- No amount of CATHOLIC ANSWERS will make up for the fact that they are not GOD'S ANSWERS as spelled out in the Bible.
soliton2 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 10:22 AM
The Church existed BEFORE the bible. The Catholic Church and it's teachings can be traced to the time of Christ. The Church established (and indeed compiled) the new testament texts.
Dave8528 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 12:06 PM
I'm sorry but you are wrong about Purgatory, it was not invented by the Catholic rich. It came from 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46, a book in the Catholic Bible that was taken out by Martin Luther will he founded the Lutheran denomination because it didn't fit his doctrine.
The Catholic Church didn't leave the fold, it's the Protestant religions that left the Church. I love my Protestant friends, but you are wrong about the Catholic Church straying from the Christian faith, it is the Christian faith. From James 2: 14, "What good it is, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that save him?" We are not afraid to quote all the works in the Bible, are you? I love this discussion, may God's grace be with you.
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...