This was my reaction to reading this:
“For instance, the Roman Catholic Church officially teaches that the pope has the power to dispense merits, to forgive sin, to extend indulgences,” he said. “When you consider that you realize just how unbiblical this office is. The Roman Catholic Church, by its symbolism and by its formal teaching, says that the pope, whom they claim to be the successor of Peter, actually holds the keys of the kingdom to which Jesus refers in Matthew Chapter 16. We understand that the keys of the kingdom do indeed exist, that they belong to Christ and that they are handed to the church as a stewardship, not to Saint Peter.”
I have to wonder why he felt the need to attack ‘“some liberal Protestants and careless evangelicals” seeking theological consensus and common ground on social issues like marriage and the sanctity of human life.’ Maybe he feels threatened? Seems to me he doesn’t alike anyone challenging his own cardinal crown.
Note the official UMC announcement and the difference there.
- Two Chairs of Peter: Reform, Orthodoxy and the Papacy (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
- Pope of the Americas (world.time.com)
- Pope Francis embarks on ground-breaking papacy (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- New pope slips out of Vatican for morning prayer visit – Reuters UK (uk.reuters.com)
- St. Peter Hold’s the key’s to the Kingdom (thecitymuse.wordpress.com)