- Feb 27, 2020
Maybe it’s no surprise Pope Francis made an unconventional choice as his de facto mouthpiece back home in Argentina – an Evangelical pastor named Marcelo Figueroa.
Pope Francis’s visit to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Sunday highlights not only his enduring close ties to the Society of Jesus, but the order is also where some of his greatest intellectual influences and closest papal allies can be found.
One year after their blockbuster article describing an “ecumenism of hate” between U.S. conservative Catholics and evangelicals, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro and Presbyterian pastor Marcelo Figueroa offer a critique of the prosperity gospel and the American Dream.
When Pope Francis travels to Geneva on Thursday, the Pope of a “culture of encounter” will facilitate an “encounter of churches,” in an effort to promote Christian unity.
Pastor Robert Jeffress says people have overreacted to his statement that God has given President Donald Trump the authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Baptist leader said the Bible has given government the authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or war, to topple an evil dictator. The remarks came just a month after an article in a Vatican-approved journal said an Evangelical fundamentalism that was “not adverse to conflicts” was exerting influence on U.S. politics.
An Evangelical leader aligned with Donald Trump has called an article about U.S. politics in the Jesuit-run journal La Civiltà Cattolica “incendiary,” but says “rather than being offended, we have chosen to attempt to make peace,” and asked for a meeting with Pope Francis.