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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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  • Moore: Pope’s reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    February 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: Pope’s reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    Pope Francis is wrong in asserting the death penalty always violates the Bible’s command not to murder, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission took issue with the reasoning used by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in his abolitionist appeal.

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  • Study: Pope improves pastors’ views of Catholic Church

    September 28 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Study: Pope improves pastors’ views of Catholic Church

    Pope Francis is boosting the reputation of the Catholic Church among Protestant pastors in America. Nearly 4 in 10 say the pope, known for his humility and concern for the poor, has had a positive impact on their opinions of the Catholic Church. Almost two-thirds view Pope Francis as a genuine Christian …

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  • Mohler: Pope’s address sets ‘dangerous precedent’

    September 25 2015 by Andrew J.W. Smith and James A. Smith Sr., SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Mohler: Pope’s address sets ‘dangerous precedent’

    Pope Francis’ extraordinary address before a joint session of Congress sets a “very, very, dangerous precedent,” said Southern Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr. in a live Sept. 21 interview on CNN. “No pope of the Roman Catholic Church has ever addressed a joint session of the Congress before, and for good reason.”

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  • Baptists ‘not threatened’ by pope’s U.S. visit

    September 22 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists ‘not threatened’ by pope’s U.S. visit

    As Pope Francis visits the U.S., Southern Baptist leaders say they stand with his statements of biblical morality but urge Catholics to reject the Vatican’s official teaching on salvation in favor of a personal relationship with Christ by faith alone.

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  • Pope’s abortion absolution ‘disconnected’ from gospel

    September 17 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope’s abortion absolution ‘disconnected’ from gospel

    Pope Francis extended to priests worldwide the authority to offer absolution for the sin of abortion during the Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy,” which begins Dec. 8 and runs through Nov. 20 of next year. Baptists lamented the implication that forgiveness must be sought from anyone but Christ.

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  • Evangelicals: Pope’s proposals likely to hurt poor

    July 13 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals: Pope’s proposals likely to hurt poor

    Pope Francis’ proposals to remedy climate change will likely harm those he most wants to help, according to a Baptist seminary president and an evangelical spokesman. The pope issued the Vatican’s first encyclical on environmental issues – “May You Be Praised (Laudato Si’): On Care for Our Common Home” …

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  • Pope’s evolution claims ‘frustrating’

    October 30 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope’s evolution claims ‘frustrating’

    Pope Francis’ comments that evolution and the big bang theory do not conflict with Christian doctrine have drawn varied responses from evangelical commentators, with some saying he has departed from scripture and others claiming he made at least some valid points.

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  • Argentina’s Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis

    March 14 2013 by Baptist Press, Morning Star News | with 0 comments
    Argentina’s Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis

    Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected as pope Wednesday (March 13), choosing Pope Francis as his name and becoming the first non-European pope in the modern era. Latin America now is home to about 40 percent of the world’s Catholics.

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