Catholic belief runs the entire gamut, from hyper-traditionalists who still rail against Martin Luther the “heretic,” to Catholic-Hindu syncretists. Pope Francis definitely leans more toward the syncretists than the Catholic fundamentalists.
- I Hope the Pope Will Provide Some Much-Needed Clarity
- Bishop urges Catholics not to fall prey to anti-Francis conspiracy theories
- Catholics can never ‘assent’ to Communion for habitual adulterers: Filial Correction signer
The bitter fight between Catholic conservatives and liberals over pope Francis’ guileful lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees continues to heat up. In the first article, Dave Armstrong, one Catholicism’s most condescending apologists, who has often boasted that a pope could never lead his beloved church into error, pleads with Francis not to make him a liar.
This is an excellent article on the ecclesiastical politics and arm-twisting that takes place behind the scenes at Medjugorje and at other “miraculous” manifestations. It’s all a sham.
An interesting commentary on the differences in “evangelicalism” from the viewpoint of a United Methodist, mainline unbeliever.
- Protestantism’s biggest problem: on whose authority do we interpret the scriptures?
- The Bible’s not enough
“The faithful Catholic who never picks up his Bible outside the Mass is still a more biblical Christian than his Evangelical friends who know the text inside out.” – from “The Bible’s Not Enough.”
The believing church has done amazingly well without a central authoritarian body like the Vatican, which has formulated many doctrines contrary to the Word of God over the centuries. All credit and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! The Catholic church has always boasted of its magisterium, which was supposedly incapable of leading the church into error, yet the current pope is doing precisely that according to most church conservatives.
Liberal and progressive Catholics, like this writer, celebrate the growing ecumenicity between Catholics and Protestants. There are many Protestants…and even evangelicals…who share this attitude. Doctrine? Specifically HOW a person receives salvation? Ach! Minor details meant only for theologians. “Just love Jesus and do your best,” they say.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Francis will move forward on female deacons after the dust from “Amoris Laetitia” settles.