Pope Francis sends greetings to Pentecostals–and they are tickled. It’s not 1960 anymore.
Amazing. I’ll admit, having come from the pentecostal realm (now Anglican), I’m wary of Copeland and the Word of Faith stuff. But it’s hard not to be glad to see this warming between the two camps instead of a congregation recoiling in horror at the prospect.
It seems Pope Benedict had an affection for Lutherans, and now Pope Francis has an affection and desire to reach out to Pentecostals. He stopped in at a hostile and protesting Pentecostal church in Brazil during his trip and they responded positively, I remember reading. Great to see such strides toward unity. It really, really is heartening any time we are not attacked by other Christian groups. I think Satan loves Christian hatred and the vicious attacks on each other.
It makes sense, since Benedict was German and Francis is from Argentina.
It’s disheartening, though, to see the same old BS in the YouTube comments. Idiocy from the Jack Chick crowd and coronaries from the RadTrads — no surprise on either count.
One of the great things about this is how unscripted, unmanaged the whole thing is–no “handlers” orchestrating anything. Francis knew the guy, loved his work, asked him to pull out his phone and let ‘er rip. I was in tears even before Francis started talking.
Elias – I was in tears at the Bishop of Rome’s display too, but for a different reason.
A pity, that. Another commentator said the video gave him “diabetes.” Francis’ quest for unity is not good enough for the self-elected Sanhedrin, no doubt. His boss got the same pushback.
So I am like the Jewish leaders who murdered Christ? Who are you to judge?
Ah sorry, I didn’t intend that interpretation. I’m simply saying Francis seems to inspire lots of tut-tutting from Catholics who sit in judgment on the way he hangs out with…you know, practically anybody.
Practically anybody but traditional Catholics.
He was one of the first bishops in the world to authorize the extraordinary form. In thanks, he got viciously attacked by ingrate Reactionaries. Enough butthurt.
The only way to answer this is with a heartfelt and sincere “Oh, Puh -lease!”
Oh look. A Jew-hating Reactionary pitying himself. How unusual.
I’ve been thinking about this video, and our esteemed host’s book By What Authority? I see here an illustration of what he has written about: certain beliefs and practices of evangelicals and the mindset behind them. I’m still trying to grasp what I’m reading in the book, because most of what is described is very unfamiliar, but I see nonetheless what an immensely valuable insight it is I’m getting.
And to you, o Esteemed Host of Awesomeness: I must say how grateful I am for you, and your writing so clearly about this. Through your book I learn about the Faith, and see the challenges that face Christians in following Christ’s call to unity in His Church, under His authority. What you’ve written there demonstrates how apologetics and evangelization must be done with prayer and charity, since there is so much more that is needed that just information and debate. Thank you!
There’s a lot to do to bring about unity, and almost all of it is much more difficult than sending video greetings. But this face-to-face encounter (even if taped) is exactly the sort of thing that needs to happen to bring about true Unity.
It will require plenty of sacrifice on both sides, and Catholics will have to be willing to give up some of our preferences in order to do it.
Pray for the grace of conversion, for ourselves and our separated brethren.