Sunday, April 03, 2005

Catholics in Hell?

Over the past few years, the relationship between Catholics and Evangelicals has gotten closer, as they share a social outlook in certain areas like gay marriage. This Globe article, however, should give pause to any right-thinking Catholic. Here, my Catholic bretheren, is what some evangelicals think of us:
Like many evangelical congregations, Hope Church is nondenominational. Its members include former mainstream Protestants as well as one-time Catholics ''who now are Christians," Michael says. ''The Catholic religion? I'm not too sure that Jesus is a big, integral part of that."

The article goes on to say that this family, and the church they attend, believes that all, even the most virtuous, non-Christians are going to hell. That includes Catholics.
Are these the people that we embrace as followers of Christ? My own nephew once asked me why I wasn't Christian, because his mother had become a Baptist and told him Catholics (her old branch!) were not true Christians.
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