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  • Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    August 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists. Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse “from within our community.”

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  • Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

    Pope Francis’ reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics. At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis’ concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years …

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  • Pope’s alleged hell denial scrutinized

    April 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope’s alleged hell denial scrutinized

    Pope Francis’ reported denial that hell exists – which the Vatican says is not “a faithful transcription” of his words – has occasioned analyses of both Roman Catholic and biblical teachings on hell. In a front-page article March 29, the Italian newspaper La Republica quoted Francis as saying “there is no hell,” according to the Boston Herald’s translation.

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  • Exorcists in demand? Baptists discuss demonic activity

    March 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Exorcists in demand? Baptists discuss demonic activity

    Amid reports of increased demand for exorcisms among some Roman Catholics, resources by Southern Baptists are helping to clarify the Bible’s teaching on demonic activity. “Can a Christian be demon possessed? No,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Stephen Wellum said. “To be demon possessed would mean one is outside of Christ.”

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  • Pope clashes with biblical teaching, Baptists say

    November 30 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope clashes with biblical teaching, Baptists say

    Pope Francis’ newly extended permission for all priests to forgive the sin of abortion demonstrates sharp disagreement between Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity over God’s forgiveness, Southern Baptist theologians say. In an apostolic letter, Pope Francis said he was granting “all priests ... the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion.”

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  • Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriage

    September 16 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriage

    In a speech to America’s largest pro-gay lobbying group, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the Bible buttresses his support of same-sex marriage. And he predicted the Roman Catholic Church eventually will change its mind on the issue, like he has. Evangelical theologians said Kaine distorted biblical teaching in service of a political agenda.

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