Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bishop Tony Palmer's legacy in progress

Pope’s Protestant friend dies, but push for unity lives, Austen Ivereigh reported in The Boston Globe.
"Palmer handed the pope a proposed Declaration of Faith in Unity for Mission the evangelicals had drawn up, which they proposed would be signed by both the Vatican and leaders of the major Protestant churches in Rome in 2017, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. 
"Palmer told me the draft Declaration has three elements: the Nicean-Constantinople Creed, which Catholics and evangelicals share; the core of the Catholic-Lutheran declaration of 1999 making clear there is no disagreement over justification by faith; as well as a final section asserting that Catholics and evangelicals are now 'united in mission because we are declaring the same Gospel.' 
"The closing section speaks of the importance of freedom of conscience and the need for Catholics and evangelicals to respect each other’s mission fields and treat the other with respect, not as rivals. Francis had taken the draft and said he would think about it. Palmer and I agreed to speak again when Francis got back to him, but that was not to be."
As you may know, Palmer died from a traffic accident July 20th.

(via John L. Allen, Jr.)

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