All Eyes On Rome - New Pope - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
Christian News, March 18, 2013
The 115 Roman CatholicCardinals on March 13 chose Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Frances) fromArgentina to be the new pope.
All eyes were on Rome. Both the religious and secular press have been filled with stories about the Papacy. Even Lutherans who claim to be confessional are almost falling over themselves as they praise Pope Benedict XVI.
“The Dean of Theologians,” a report in the March 11, 2013 Christian News had these subheads: “Does Logia Believe the Papacy is the Anti-Christ?” Logia’s, John Stephenson, a theologian highly regarded by high church confessional Lutherans in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod writes: “If Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is not the ‘dean’ of theologians of a worldwide guild of theologians of those confessions which believe the Christian religion is true, I don’t know who else could be nominated for the honorific position.” Stephenson has the support of the high church organized Lutherans who despise Christian News. Rev. William Weedon, brought in by LCMS President Matthew Harrison to serve as the LCMS Director of Worship and LCMS International Center Chaplain, commented on the ALPB Forum: “I very much appreciated this article by Dr. Stephenson, reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI.
Father Richard John Neuhaus, who was close to Bishop Joseph Ratzinger and then a strong supporter of Pope Benedict XVI, was highly praised at this year’s symposium at Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne where Christian News was ridiculed and laughed at for opposing Neuhaus, an LCMS pastor who joined the Roman Catholic Church. Father Neuhaus denied the inerrancy of the Bible, justification by faith alone, and was a Universalist ever since his student days at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Surveys show that many maintain that the Roman Catholic Cardinals now meeting in Rome should first of all address the sex abuse and financial scandals in Rome. Even some Roman Catholic authorities claim that as many as 50 percent of Roman Catholic seminarians and priests may be homosexuals. CN has said ever since it began in 1962 that the biggest scandal in Rome is the promotion of Biblical higher criticism, universalism, and evolution.
This issue of CN has “A Call for Vatican II” and the theological issues the Roman Catholic bishops from around the world should be addressing.
The Athanasian Creed
Rome still rejects the three solas of the 16 century Reformation: Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, and Grace Alone. Rome today along with most of Protestantism, including Lutheranism rejects the Athanasian Creed which begins: “Whosoever will be saved before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic (i.e. universal, Christian) faith.
“Which faith, except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
“And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity.”
Rome today, along with most of Protestantism no longer insists that Christianity is the only saving faith. Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and other non-Christians all are supposed to believe in the true God.
The Roman Catholic Wanderer this year published a series of articles opposing the “myth” of Scripture Alone. Now it has begun a series “Debunking the Second Myth – Sola Fide.” The series in the March 7, 2013 Wanderer is titled “Our Lord Jesus Christ Refuted Luther.” The Roman Catholic publication says: “It is quite evident that when Luther said that this faith alone was sufficient to save him even if he committed adultery a hundred times a day and as many murders, he was demonstrably wrong to put it extremely charitably. To put it less charitably, he was on the road to Hell, purely and simply.” The Wanderer quotes Jesus: “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
This issue of Christian News includes “A Call for Vatican III”. It is a documentary on the Roman Catholic Church today. It includes “Pope Will Not Undo the ‘New Religion’” by Bishop Richard Williamson, “Bishop Williamson Told the Truth About Rome’s ‘New Theology’”, “Catholic Theologians Attack Christianity,” “Tunnel Vision,” “In Support of What Bishop Richardson Said About the New Theology In Rome – A QUESTION OF FRAUD”, by Kurt Marquart; “A Roman Victory”, by Martin Scharlemann, “Bishop Challenging Rome’s New Theology”, “ ‘Greatest Theologian’ Rejects the God of Christianity,” “Let’s Ask Scripture and Tradition About Scripture and Tradition,” by Kurt Marquart, “Bow Before the Dictator of History and Not Any Pope,” “Bishop Strossmayer’s Speech in the Vatican Council of 1870,” “Catholic Theologians Attack Christianity”, and “Officially Approved by Rome – Some Anti-Scriptural and Anti-Christian Views In the Jerome Biblical Commentary.”