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Pope Francis Welcomes Evangelical Leaders in Vatican to Discuss Religious Freedom

Leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Thursday to discuss closer cooperation with the Catholic Church, particularly regarding issues of religious freedom and Christian persecution around the world.

The head of WEA, Bishop Efraim Tendero, spoke to Vatican Radio of his experience with ecumenical relations in his native Philippines, where there is strong practical cooperation on a number of shared moral issues.

Curiously, last summer, two close advisers of Pope Francis published an article criticizing historical relations between American evangelicals and Catholics in the United States, labeling their collaboration as an “ecumenism of hate.”

In an article in the Jesuit-run Italian journal La Civiltà Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro and Rev. Marcelo Figueroa decried those “who profess themselves to be Catholic” but express themselves in ways “much closer to Evangelicals.”

The authors found particularly upsetting that evangelicals and Catholics should work together on moral issues that they hold in common.

“They are defined as value voters as far as attracting electoral mass support is concerned,” the authors wrote, and engage in a dangerous “ecumenical convergence” over shared objectives “around such themes as abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other matters generally considered moral or tied to values.”

Particularly interesting in the light of the Pope’s meeting with evangelicals over the question of religious liberty was the harsh rebuke offered by Spadaro and Figueroa over common collaboration between Catholics and evangelicals in this area.

“The erosion of religious liberty is clearly a grave threat within a spreading secularism,” the authors stated. “But we must avoid its defense coming in the fundamentalist terms of a ‘religion in total freedom,’ perceived as a direct virtual challenge to the secularity of the state.”

Shortly after the article’s publication, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput issued a sharp criticism of the essay, saying that the authors were guilty of “dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues.”——


Church hosts joint ‘celebration’ of Muhammad’s birthday and Christ’s Advent — and diocese defends it

A Church of England diocese is defending All Saints Church in Kingston-upon-Thames after it hosted a joint “celebration” of Islam’s prophet Muhammad, the Advent of Jesus and Christmas.

A Diocese of Southwark spokesperson said the event “enabled Christians, Muslims and others to meet together in order to promote better understanding, conversation, and relationships,” Premier reported. “It was not a service, and the event broke no Canon law.”—


Things Are So Bad In This ‘Liberal Paradise,’ An American City Just Asked The UN To Send In Troops Over ‘Genocide’

Chicago has had some serious problems in the past.  It’s even been so bad that some politicians have recommended that the National Guard be brought in to help quell gun violence. But now, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin suggested that the UN send in peacekeepers in the face of what he terms “quiet genocide.”  

Boykin met with Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina.  Fernandez-Taranco is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support.  Boykin was seeking international help with “horrific levels of shootings” and other violent crimes in the West Side and South Side communities. 

“‘I’m hoping to appeal to the U.N. to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts, because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe,’ Boykin said at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday.”

Chicago and Cook County leaders have failed to protect many communities from violent crime. 

“‘There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African-American, and often killed at the hands of another African-American,’ he said. ‘So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.’”

Boykin believes that Chicago must “utilize every avenue” to protect its people from gun violence.

“‘They’ve been able to help in places like Africa and abroad, where they’ve sent troops in and sent forces in to help protect minority and vulnerable populations, and so quite frankly I think the same can be said for here in Chicago,’ Boykin said. ‘I’m talking about physical security. I’m also talking about maybe suggestions for what we can do in Chicago to help protect our minority populations. We’re being, again, decimated by the violence that we see here in Chicago. I mean this is really a genocide, and we have to do something to stop it.’”

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