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PopeWatch: Letter to the Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Evangelical minister who specializes in helping Christians facing persecution writes to the Pope:

 

August 3, 2017

Your Holiness,

I am writing to request a meeting between Catholic and Evangelical leaders from the United States at a place and time of your choosing. Though, I’m hoping we can meet quickly.

I speak for many Evangelicals when I say that we have looked upon your appointment with great gratitude to God and with great optimism for the new spirit that you have brought to the Catholic Church. Your commitment to the poor and to pastoral ministry and your efforts to build bridges and to spread the doctrine of mercy around the world have been a light and hope to us all.

As you know more than most, all of this has also come at a time of historic Christian persecution in more places than perhaps at any time in Christian history. Together, Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical Christians throughout the entire world have shared – as you’ve said – “an ecumenism of blood.”

It’s in this moment of ongoing persecution, political division and global conflict that we have also witnessed efforts to divide Catholics and Evangelicals. We think it would be of great benefit to sit together and to discuss these things. Then, when we disagree we can do it within the context of friendship. Though, I’m sure we will find once again that we agree far more than we disagree, and we can work together with diligence on those areas of agreement.

I have to confess what prompted this request were articles published in the La Cattolica Civilitas recently and in the New York Times.  

We feel like this conversation is an urgent one, and I will bring a half dozen or so of our denominational heads and significantly influential Evangelicals for our time together.

We would also like to use the time to meet with various other high level officials throughout the Vatican to find ways in which we can cooperate on matters of great concern to us all, especially as it relates to refugees, the poor and the persecuted.  

I might add that when God put it on my heart to write you directly, I immediately reached out to a mutual friend of ours. He has recounted to me the warm experiences that he’s had with you, and they are what prompted me to write you, knowing that you would receive this letter in kindred spirits. 

With all the respect in the world and with love for Christ’s Church and every corner of it, I’ll earnestly await your reply.

Sincerely,

Rev. Johnnie Moore

 

Go here to read the rest.  No doubt the Pope will respond on August 32.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

7 Comments

  1. “No doubt the pope will respond on august 32.”

    Why am I thinking:
    Matthew 10:14 – “Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words – go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.”

    The pope not answering is a terrible shame.

  2. There is no upside, personally, for the pope to respond. So, he will not respond. This pastor is likely viewed as a ‘deplorable’, unworthy of anything from the Vatican.
    I could be wrong, of course.

  3. “nor prohibit the free exercise thereof…” The Catholic Church was not instituted by Christ to abrogate our innate human rights that become our civil rights when our God-given sovereign personhood institutes the state.
    Is Pope Francis saying that to belong to HIS Catholic Church, citizens must forfeit their civil rights? NOT SO.

  4. It would be smart for the Pope to have a sit-down with the Evangelicals so he could say he had an open mind, etc. Of course, this would undermine the true purpose of the letter which was to align himself with anti-religious elements in the U.S.such as the MSM, Democrats, and Academia.

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