I was responding to Wesrock’s post. I rather doubt there was a response, but if there were it wouldn’t have been sent by the pope himself, but rather whoever under him who had been assigned the task of sending out invitations to the various Protestant communities. That person, whoever he was, probably took it as a refusal and left it at that. After all, the Church’s teachings were open and clear for Rev. Hodge to research. Why should the Vatican bother answering objections long debated and long exhausted?
That seems like it might be the most useful reply I can give to him, since it appears no response was ever sent (although all the sources stating that that I could find were from decidedly protestant texts written in the late 1800s or early 1900s)
I rather think that the letter was published on the website to reinforce their own beliefs more than for any other reason. As if to say, “See a pastor who was bold enough to reject the blandishments of the Vatican.” When I was a Pentecostal we often prayed for “holy boldness” to answer the “lost” who held to the beliefs of the Catholic Church.
I find it ironic that Hodges claims the early councils and then rejects tradition, since the councils were prime of examples of the very tradition he rejected. :shrug: He also claims he’s all for Christian unity but then in the same sentence refuses to go to a meeting of fellow Christians merely because they are Catholics not Protestants. His thinking appears to have been fuzzy, his logic flawed, and his long list of objections unnecessary–as if the Vatican had no knowledge of them. It sounded like a show letter to me, rather than a cogent argument against meeting with those he acknowledged as fellow Christians.