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An Evangelical Pope?

Troglodite Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 2:18 PM
IzzyFirst: Prayers to the saints and for the dead go back as far as the era of the Catacombs. Of course, the Christians then knew and understood, and Catholics ever since then do know and understand, that saints are to be reverenced and honoured, but that God alone is to be adored. I suppose that you can decide that the church went off track not in Constantine's time, but much earlier, perhaps even in the first generation after the apostles. I have actually heard that argument from one particularly zealous Lutheran. If you want to go that route, however, you must explain why Christ abandoned His church for almost 1500 years and why anything, even the canon of Scripture, that comes down from that time is to be trusted.

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...