By Stephen H. Webb, Alonzo L. Gaskill
What might Roman Catholicism and Mormonism very likely need to study from one another? at the floor, they appear to diverge on approximately each element, from their liturgical kinds to their figuring out of historical past. With its old roots, Catholicism is a continuing culture, dedicated to the conservation of the creeds, whereas Mormonism teaches that the panorama of Christian historical past is riddled with error and apostasy and wanting radical revision and religious therapeutic. also, profitable proselyting efforts via Mormons in previously Catholic strongholds have elevated possibilities for false impression, polemic, and prejudice among the 2 faiths. even if, as established during this specific and lively discussion among theologians, one a convert to Catholicism and the opposite a convert to Mormonism, those traditions are a lot in the direction of one another than many suppose, together with of their remedy of vital doctrines reminiscent of authority, grace, Jesus, Mary, and revelation.Both Catholicism and Mormonism have ambitiously common perspectives of the Christian religion, and readers could be stunned via how shut Catholics and Mormons are on a couple of themes and the way those traditions, probed to their depths, make clear one another in attention-grabbing and unforeseen methods. Catholic and Mormon is a call for participation to the reader to have interaction in a dialogue that makes realizing the objective, and marks a starting for a discussion that would turn into more and more very important within the years yet to come.
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I have prayed regularly (since his elevation) for Pope Francis—in the hope that God would use him for the good of the world. I would hope those of other Christian denominations would also pray for those not of their faith—that we might have unity and that God, through us, might accomplish His will. Authority 21 Webb is right: Catholics and Mormons should see each other as relatives rather than enemies; as friends, not foes. Protestants and Eastern Orthodox are also are brothers in Christ. We all have things we can learn from each other: from our successes and our failures.
The Anglicans? —which Methodists? —which ones? —PCUSA or PCA? —Southern or American? On what authority am I being asked to choose? ”8 As a religion, Christianity is in an awful way! We are terribly fragmented. Attempts at reconciliation, such as Vatican II, have not succeeded. What 16 Ca t hol ic a nd Mor mon are we to do? For Mormonism, the crisis of religious authority is the primary cause of our dilemma. While in graduate school, I was enrolled in a class taught by a rather prominent Roman Catholic scholar.
LDS Christians believe Mormonism is simply a return to the Christianity of the Bible—when the heavens were perceived as open and God dispensed revelation akin to that given to Old Testament prophets and patriarchs, and to New Testament apostles. That is not a criticism of any other denomination; just a frank acknowledgment of where we differ from most of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I must clarify; with Stephen, I fully agree that the Catholic Church has played a role in God’s plan. During some of the darkest and most difficult days—between the first century and the Reformation—it was largely the Roman Catholic Church that preserved for us biblical texts, truths about Jesus and His divine mission and ministry, and many of the rites of the ancient Church.