4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters,
and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
This article offers Christians an opportunity to understand what Roman Catholicism truly is and whether it can ever be reformed.
“Roman Catholics as individuals and groups may have different opinions about the Pope. After all, the Church of Rome is not a monolith, and even Popes polarize the assessments of the Catholic people. But what happens when negative voices become more frequent, more outspoken, more radical in their criticism, as seems to be the case in recent months? While public opinion is still heavily influenced by the overall positive image that Francis has, and continues to consider him as a kind of ‘hero’, within Catholic circles the ‘wait-and-see’ approach toward some awkward aspects of his teaching is coming to an end. Groups of intellectuals, priests, and even cardinals are voicing their growing embarrassment and are doing it publicly and with a severe tone. In raising their concerns, what they point to are not some peripheral elements but important matters of doctrine. The irony is that the one who is supposed to guard the Roman Catholic deposit of faith is charged with allegations of introducing confusion, if not heresy.”
What Happens If Catholics Think the Pope Is a Heretic?
Leonardo De Chirico
Who could not like such an appealing face? Our hearts are moved to pity. But getting past human emotion, we have to see that his words are wrong, leading men and women down the broad way to destruction.
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
In his widely acclaimed 2013 Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, the programmatic document of his pontificate, Francis writes that “Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live justified by the grace of God” (n. 254).
Where Does Pope Francis Stand on the Doctrine of Justification?
Leonardo De Chirico
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
“The Reformanda Initiative exists to identify, unite, equip, and resource evangelical leaders to understand Roman Catholic theology and practice, to educate the evangelical Church and to communicate the Gospel.”
Leonardo De Chirico is the Director of Reformanda Initiative and Pastor of Breccia di Roma Church.
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
141. “Greater Oneness in Christ”: What Does it Mean?
September 1st, 2017
“In the journey to overcome internal divisions separating Christians, the top leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), and the Vatican’s officials for promoting Christian Unity met together, for the first time, in a historic meeting, spending two days facilitating their support of the Global Christian Forum (GCF)”.
– Global Christian Forum press release, May 27, 2017
“. . . ‘Historic’ may be an overused description, especially when the term is applied not by historians writing 3-4 generations in the future, but by reporters talking about current events. According to the event’s press release, the ecumenical meeting was historic because these leaders – representing almost the whole of present-day Christianity – committed themselves to work towards ‘greater oneness in Christ’ and pledged to reinforce such a direction in a series of events that will take place in 2018. . .”
Leonardo De Chirico
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About the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) signed by the Roman Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation.
Is the Roman Catholic Church Now Committed to “Grace Alone”?
August 1st, 2017
“. . .This understanding of grace appears to be more in line with the Catholic heritage of the Council of Trent, in an updated form, than with classic Protestant theology. In this sense, JDDJ is a clear exercise in an increased ‘catholicity’ (i.e. the ability to absorb ideas without changing the core) on the part of Rome, which has not become more evangelical in the biblical sense.”