Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Why Protestants should care who becomes pope

From Alabama-

The entire world is watching the Vatican – or is it?

Decidedly, the 1.2 billion Roman Catholics across the globe have a stake in who is elected pope to take the place of retired Pope Benedict XVI. He is their leader. But what about Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians and others? What’s in it for them?

Beyond the historical significance of a pope retiring and two popes living on Vatican grounds, there’s plenty for non-Catholics to care about, observers say.

In short, the pope sets the tone.

“The pope articulates for much of the world what it means to stand in the ancient Christian consensus,” said Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. “We should hope then for a pope who, like his predecessors, stands for the small ‘c’ catholic Christian concepts of human dignity, accessible universal truth claims and so on.”

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