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What does it mean to be Catholic? The question is simple but the answer is fraught with complexities.
Was Tony Palmer right when he declared that Luther’s protest is over?
Any accommodation to the idea that we are ultimately capable of saving ourselves, any accommodation to the fact that salvation is not God’s gift from beginning to end is a slippery slope towards a false gospel.
“Catholicism continues to add places to the table and extend the menu”. The talk Leonardo de Chirico gave at the 2016 AEI annual assembly in Rome.
The way in which Catholicism perceives time - the sense of definitiveness as well as that of a progression - is a solid indicator of its basic theological framework.
The majority of Italian evangelicals are in favour of co-belligerence, but clearly dismiss ecumenism. A first report of the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly, in Rome (8-9 April).
Professor Pietro Bolognesi and Italian Evangelical Alliance vice-president Leonardo de Chirico sahre their views ahead of the meeting which will discuss Roman Catholic-Evangelical relationships.
WEA’s Secretary General Efraim Tendero and Pentecostal pastor with personal friendship with Pope Francis Giovanni Traettino, among those invited to share their views in the assembly of the Italian Evangelical Alliance.
It is one thing is to work together on areas of common concern in society, e.g. the promotion of Judeo-Christian values in society; it is an altogether different issue to engage in common mission and evangelism.
In terms of the Protestant evaluation of Roman Catholicism, Barth’s theology of the Word has weakened the evangelical ability to assess Rome having the Bible as supreme standard.
According to the Pope, mercy achieves justice by avoiding tribunals, sentences, and prices to be paid.
Building Christian unity on baptism brings several challenges. In my corner of the world (Italy), a vast majority of people have been baptized and yet very few show any sign of appreciation of basic gospel truths.
Catholic and Lutheran leaders will commemorate the Protestant Reformation in Lund, Sweden, on October 31. “Risk of elevating unity to the absolute principle”, evangelical Vatican expert warns.
There is the risk of elevating “unity” to the absolute principle, a little “god” claiming pre-eminence. It takes courage to make unity dependent on the Biblical truths and not elevating it to the place of “first imperative”.
David Robertson (Scotland), Leonardo de Chirico (Italy), Samuel Escobar (Spain), Thierry Le Gall (France) and Christel Ngnambi (Belgium), on the role Evangelical Focus should play in Europe.
The Pope seems to think that the “letter” is a straitjacket to the mission of the Church and needs to be replaced by the “spirit” of it.
The discussion on the Anti-Christ must be revived and worked out with biblical soberness and historical awareness.
Evangelicals have to do their homework in order to go beyond the surface of mere phonetics in order to grasp the profoundly different theological vision underpinning Francis’ language.
Evangelicals insist that it is God who forgives sins, not the Church. Theologian Leonardo de Chirico: “It is a liberal move with a medieval tool”.
Does Matthew 16 Support the Doctrine of the Papacy?
In Francis’ vocabulary there was no better term to discredit this merciless form of Christianity than referring to it as “Puritanism”.
Leonardo de Chirico analyses the content of the latest encyclical, and compares it with similar evangelical documents.
The Vatican jubilee is therefore part and parcel of a theological vision whereby Purgatory is a pillar of the afterlife.
Luther's critique is not confined to his contemporary experience of the Papacy, but draws on historical and theological arguments.
The 150-page manual delineates the sermon as having the following features: short, not a lecture, not too abstract, not an exegetical exercise and not a personal testimony only.