Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The pope that didn't bark

It’s fair to ask what kind of Catholic Church we as Evangelicals want to see. At lunch I asked Pope Francis what his heart was for evangelism. He smiled, knowing what was behind my question and comment was, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community.  There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.” (Of course Evangelicals do evangelize Catholics and Catholics do the same to us. However, that discussion we will raise another day.)
Don't even start. I already know what you're going to say. You're going to say that this was a private conversation, that it wasn't recorded, that this Evangelical fellow must have misheard or misremembered or misquoted the pope. Even if the pope said what this guy said he said, it's not a doctrine of the Church or an ex cathedra statement and we don't need to pay attention to everything the pope says, et cetera ad infinitum ad nauseum.

All of that is true as far as it goes. At the same time, it's more than a little demoralizing to have a pope who encourages heretics and discourages the orthodox.

1 comment:

  1. Gloria TV reports that the pope will fly to visit a protestant church (not sure if he is preaching there or not,, certainly not evangelizing though) at the cost of about 10G. So much for spirit of poverty and humbleness.