Loyal Adventists and the Pope

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Pope Benedict XVI wearing a camauro

Pope Benedict XVI wearing a camauro

In the Endtime Issues newsletter #156, Samuele Bacchiocchi says:

It almost seems that to be a loyal Adventist you must always find something wrong with the Pope.

He is quite right – that is how many Adventists feel and respond to the pope.  Anything Catholic, in fact.

He continues:

I do not share this view.

Sometimes.  Sometimes not.

There are times when I condemn the pope for actively promoting the idolatrous worship of Mary, but there are also times when I commend pope for addressing the socio-political issues of our time in a responsible way.

Since Catholics do not worship Mary, and since the Pope doesn’t either, Bacchiocchi is quite out of line condemning him.  It would be like the Pope condemning Adventism for worshipping Ellen White.  [Icon of Ellen White]

And yes, he does, at times, “commend the pope for addressing the socio-political issues of our time in a responsible way” … but he says that on such issues, Adventists and Catholics should not be united in their work towards that goal.

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