Thursday, August 7, 2014

spiritual ecumenism?

spiritual ecumenism?

Excerpt from:

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE 37TH NATIONAL CONVOCATION
OF THE RENEWAL IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Olympic Stadium
Sunday, 1 June 2014

http://m.vatican.va/content/francescomobile/en/speeches/2014/june/documents/papa-francesco_20140601_rinnovamento-spirito-santo.html

[with my comments in brackets]

They asked me to tell you what the Pope [I bergoglio speaking personally in contradiction to Church teaching] expects of you.

The first thing is conversion [from Catholicism] to the love of Jesus [as interpreted by evangelical protestants] which changes our lives and makes each Christian a witness [Jehovah's witness?] to God’s love. The Church [which church?] expects this witness of Christian life from us, and the Holy Spirit [not the one in the Holy Trinity] helps us to live the Gospel fully and consistently [without any need for the sacraments] for our own growth in holiness [because the Catholic Church is not holy?].

I expect you to share with everyone in the Church [which church?] the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit (a phrase we find in the Acts of the Apostles). ["baptism in the Holy Spirit" in this context is a phrase we find used by evangelicals to emphasize that in their opinion Catholics are not Christians and need to be "converted".]

I expect you to evangelize with the word of God [the Bible? sola scriptura?], which proclaims that Jesus lives and that he loves all men and women. [What about the magesterium of the Church, tradition, the teachings of the saints...?]

To give a witness of spiritual ecumenism [ah yes, it's all about watering down the Catholic faith in order to further "ecumenism"] to all our brothers and sisters of other Churches and Christian communities who believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. [Oh, THAT church! Not the one Holy Catholic Church, but ALL the "churches and communities". Like the ones that say we worship Holy Mother Mary the Mother of Our Saviour as a goddess. THAT church! Now I'm beginning to get it....]

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