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A Pope for All Christians
Christianity Today ^ | 3/13/13 | Timothy C. Morgan

Posted on 03/16/2013 11:03:44 AM PDT by marshmallow

Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church.

When the new pope is consecrated, he will inherit a troubled global church. Internal scandal and unaddressed external problems pose great risks to the vitality of Catholicism. But the consequences of success or failure are huge for the church universal, the world's 2.1 billion Christians of every denomination.

This is more than a butterfly effect. Rome is not Las Vegas—what happens in Rome will not stay within the borders of Vatican City. One consequence of globalization is that the walls that have long divided Catholics from Orthodox, mainline Protestants, evangelicals, and Pentecostals are eroding.

Brian Stiller,a global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, commenting about Catholic and evangelical relations, wrote on his blog recently, "Not in 500 years have the two sides been so close and friendly."

The challenges inside the Vatican and the Catholic Church are familiar, and they are of concern to every Christian who longs for a healthy body. Two cardinals, Keith O'Brien (Scotland) and Roger Mahony (Los Angeles), are just the latest Catholic leaders who stand accused of wrongdoing. Several priests allege that O'Brien initiated "inappropriate" behavior, possibly sexual, with them. Court documents reveal that Mahony relocated priests, known to be sexually abusive, to shield them from prosecution. In addition, a money-laundering scandal has tainted the Vatican's reputation of integrity. And the so-called Vatileaks scandal has pulled back the curtain on infighting and factionalism within the potent Catholic curia, the leadership core.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: argentina; conclave; popefrancis; romancatholicism
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
Yes, the snakes are biting today, but their arguments are quite lame, and far beneath the scripture.

All one needs to do is set their eyes upon the One who is high and lifted up, and the bites have no effect.

41 posted on 03/16/2013 3:13:15 PM PDT by BlueDragon (If you want vision open your eyes and see you can carry the light with you wherever you go)
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42 posted on 03/16/2013 3:13:55 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: neverbluffer; Greetings_Puny_Humans
That does not change the fact that there has been a “physical” breathing Pope ever since Peter for thousands of years” and Peter was the first Pope.

That is *not* a fact. That is a myth. Facts are proven on evidence.

43 posted on 03/16/2013 3:33:47 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: roamer_1

Indeed, but they wouldn’t know evidence if it slapped them in the face.

44 posted on 03/16/2013 3:58:25 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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To: Greetings_Puny_Humans
Indeed, but they wouldn’t know evidence if it slapped them in the face.

As is the inevitability when one allows traditions of men to subvert the reliability of the evidence.

45 posted on 03/16/2013 5:33:02 PM PDT by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Revolting cat!; wideawake
A Lutheran told me yesterday: “The Pope is the spiritual leader of all Christians.” It appears that only American snake handlers disagree.

That was a completely uncalled-for ethno-cultural slur worthy of the most radical homosexual. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Do you really think you are winning friends with such rhetoric? Perhaps from the Left, but not from the American Heartland.

46 posted on 03/16/2013 6:55:55 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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47 posted on 03/17/2013 4:03:25 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Revolting cat!

That Lutheran has it correct, remember, the Pope is the most visible CHRISTIAN.

48 posted on 03/17/2013 4:04:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Steelfish
Trying to comment on specific excerpts made by one Cardinal of the Church without reference to the whole of his thesis is problematical.

That's why I provided the link to the whole of his thesis. It's only problematical if you refuse to click on it.

49 posted on 03/17/2013 9:13:04 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

Speaking of links, it might make for a more informative read from BXVI’s Iesus Dominus, formerly Cardinal Ratzinger, who has been described as a theological Einstein.

50 posted on 03/17/2013 9:54:06 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: marshmallow
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51 posted on 03/21/2013 7:25:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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