As a Lutheran, I feel a close connection to the Catholic Church. Though we have departed from the papacy and many other theological points, we still have a close tie with our Roman Catholic brethren—after all, it is the church that gave us birth, so to speak.
Catholics are close allies of LCMS Lutherans because they champion many of the same socially conservative issues that we do a.
However, I must point out that Luther rejected the power and primacy of the Pope specifically because the papal office may abuse its position as “the Vicar of Christ” and lead hundreds of thousands astray from the teachings of the Bible. Indulgences seem pretty mild compared to making controversial statements that can bring the authority of Scripture into question.
Please understand that I am not here to proselytize Lutheran teachings. I am hoping to add to dialogue from a non-Catholic perspective.
Of course, I also get that the liberal media want to think the Pope is on their side now. I appreciate and understand the confusion among faithful Catholics.
I fear, however, if the Roman Catholic Church ever caves on issues like abortion, homosexuality, and ultimately, Scriptural authority, that the persecution of conservative protestants (and Catholics) will truly escalate into something uglier. After all, if the largest church body in the WORLD is on the liberal agenda’s side...you get the idea.
I am not saying that this will come to pass. But I pray fervently for my Catholic brothers and sisters, that if the time comes, they will reject any teachings of the Pope that contradict Scripture.
I worry a little about Francis—I think he is trying too hard to be conservative without being conservative. It seems like it won’t end well for him or the thousands of people who trust their Pope to be faithful to the faith of the Apostles.
Just some thoughts.
“I fear, however, if the Roman Catholic Church ever caves on issues like abortion, homosexuality...
I don’t think it is too likely. I don’t think any group has caved on those issues without first accepting things like female clergy/pastors.