FrankenPope’s questionable historical references

FrankenPope’s questionable historical references

By Phil Lawler | Mar 23, 2017

When Pope Francis says that Martin Luther did not seek to split the Church, or that Catholic missionaries in Asia did not understand the importance of inculturation, historian Bronwen Catherine McShea admits that “I wince at the Pope’s historical formulations.” In fact, she shows in a First Things essay, successful missionaries adapted readily to Asian cultural circumstances, and the Pope’s reference to “a hegemonic conception of Roman centralism” does not appear to fit. Nor, for that matter, does the concept of “inculturation,” a product of the 21st century. As for Luther, his original goal may have been reform within the Church, but he soon sought separation, enlisting powerful secular leaders to help with the process. By the way, McShea notes that Luther was famous for his “verve for name-calling and insults.”

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2 comments on “FrankenPope’s questionable historical references

  1. Let’s assume for the moment our traditional missionaries did not ‘understand’ inculturation. So. What.

    And I guess Luther was just a paragon of piety and holiness. Only Catholics who remain steadfast in the faith can be self-absorbed promethean neopelagians

  2. Lawler gravely understates the horrific blasphemies of Luther.

    Even Hitler, on occasion, wasn’t quite as vile in his polemics against Jews. Although, I suspect, each of these poster boys for the End of the West were likely possessed.

    Lawler, as usual, commits absolute nonsense in the eye of anyone familiar with the actual garbage Luther committed to writing.

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