Skip to comments.A Pope for All Christians
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 Vegaswhat 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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All one needs to do is set their eyes upon the One who is high and lifted up, and the bites have no effect.
That is *not* a fact. That is a myth. Facts are proven on evidence.
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.
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.
That Lutheran has it correct, remember, the Pope is the most visible CHRISTIAN.
That's why I provided the link to the whole of his thesis. It's only problematical if you refuse to click on it.
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.
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