Cardinal O’Malley: ‘If I were founding a Church, I’d love to have women priests’

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Evangelism, Faith, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church12 Comments

I was in Boston for three days last weekend working in a number of exciting missional-ecumenical contexts. Boston is best known, in terms of its Christian leadership, for the work of Cardinal Sean O’Malley. I pray for Cardinal O’Malley, a leader who represents Pope Francis and his vision as well as any American leader in the Catholic Church. Let me … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty-Two)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Church History, Faith, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, Unity of the Church6 Comments

In this my final post in this series I wish to note that the way forward is for Protestants and Catholics to get to know one another much better. Out of dialogue we can learn to say very simple things and not initially major on trying to tease out all the details until we first build trust. Disagreement should not … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

I want to conclude this series with three posts that will, I sincerely hope, summarize some important observations that I’ve made over recent weeks. First, the Bible plainly teaches that God alone saves human persons therefore God alone gets the “credit” for salvation. It is all of grace. We can do nothing to save ourselves. Believing is not a work, it is … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue (Nineteen)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Church Tradition, Faith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church10 Comments

We’ve looked at the Council of Trent in several comments I’ve made in this series of blogs. More particularly we’ve looked at what the Council said about justification by faith alone. Now I would like to come to the simple and most straightforward question in the continued warfare that exists between extremely conservative Catholics and Protestants. What did the Council of … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Eighteen)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Creeds, Faith, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church8 Comments

In my opinion what the Council of Trent anathematized was (ultimately) a caricature of the robust and clear evangelical view of justification. Who is to blame for this problem? Honestly, both sides bear fault in my estimation. The Reformers were careful thinkers about these matters. They did not speak with a divided mind, though Luther at times spoke both aggressively … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Fifteen)

John ArmstrongFaith, Gospel/Good News, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church1 Comment

For many Protestants the doctrine of the Council of Trent that was, and still is, the central point of the Reformation, is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. This Trent question, it seems to me, comes down to this – did the Council of Trent reject a caricature of the Reformation view of sola fide and sola gratis or did it totally and … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Thirteen)

John ArmstrongChurch History, Current Affairs, Evangelism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future16 Comments

Earlier this week Pope Francis spoke to the 37th Convocation of the Renewal in the Spirit, the International Catholic Charismatic meeting held in Rome. Fifty-two thousand people from fifty-five countries gathered for the two-day meeting at the Olympic Stadium. The pope’s address (transcript by AsiaNews) is below. It must be noted that such gatherings and messages clearly indicate to Christians who … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twelve)

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church25 Comments

The various comments that were made on the iMonk site (April 24) – the post where Michael Mercer responded to Tim Challies’ negative post on Pope Francis – the most substantive concern expressed  was about the Council of Trent (1545-1563). It is widely believed by evangelicals that the Council of Trent closed the door to the gospel of grace, leaving the … Read More

Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Eleven)

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Faith, Missional-Ecumenism, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church14 Comments

It might seem, at least to some of my evangelical readers, that I blame evangelicals alone for the kind of warfare lingo of the “Reformation Wars” that I pray will cease. Let me begin this post by stating that EWTN (Catholic) and Relevant radio (Catholic) can be equal opportunity offenders in these “polemical wars” in a way very similar to conservative Protestant programming … Read More