Friday, November 30, 2007

Rise of Pentecostalism Spurs Call for Catholic 'Self- Examination'

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20071126/30226_
Rise_of_Pentecostalism_Spurs_Call_for_ Catholic_'Self-Examination'.htm

Comment from Understand The Times:

Based on our research, Understand The Times predicts that the ecumenical movement will be soon based on a so- called "outpouring of the Holy Spirit." Many Roman Catholics are calling for a "Second Pentecost." Sounds good does it not. Of course, the charismatic movement based on Latter Rain theology also promotes a great outpouring that will establish the kingdom.
It can be documented that the Roman Catholic view is that this "Second Pentecost" occurs when the "spirit" is poured out through "Mary," also known as the Queen of Heaven. This is unbiblical, and in our view, out of the pit of hell.
Also, it is important to note that the Roman Catholic Church and many in the Charismatic movement&n bsp;portray the dove as a symbol of the "Holy Spirit."
Roger Oakland has traveled the world and has photographs that he has taken in many Roman Catholic churches. In fact he was just in Rome and took a number of pictures which document that in Roman Catholic churches the "dove" is found in two places - over "Mary" the "mother of the Eucharist" or two, over the "Eucharistic Jesus."
If the dove was really representing the Holy Spirit, the dove would be overtop the empty cross. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus Christ and the finished work of the cross.
The following article illustrates how the "dove" will soon be a unifying factor to bring together the religions of the world in the name of Jesus.
The Vatican's top official on relations with non-Catholic Christians has called upon the Catholic Church to critically self- examine itself in response to the "exponential" rise of Pentecostal movements.
"We must not ask first what is wrong with the Pentecostals but ask what our pastoral failings are and come to a spiritual renewal," the ecumenical leader said Friday, according to Agence France Presse.

Earlier in May, on a trip to Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI, much to the offense of some, described Pentecostal churches as "sects" and said that they used aggressive tactics to win souls. In Brazil alone, Roman Catholics used to account for about 90 percent of the population in the 1960s; by 2005, it was down to 67 percent, the Associated Press noted. The Vatican has been increasingly lamenting the rise of Protestant evangelical communities in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere, and the resulting flight of Catholics

According to AP, Kasper said the rise of independent, often "aggressive" evangelical movements in Africa and elsewhere had complicated the church's ecumenical task. Nevertheless, the Vatican official told reporters that "ecumenism is not an option but an obligation."

Kasper said that the Catholic Church had to "give witness to the richness and beauty of our own faith in a positive and welcoming way," rather than pointing out the weaknesses of other faiths, AFP reported.

He also said that there were encouraging signs emerging from dialogue with Protestants although there were still "differences in the moral domain."

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