There are at least two threads right now about anti-Catholicism.
I’m not denying it. I know it’s real. I know it’s awful.
But there are also occurrences of pro-Catholicism among Protestants and others. Aren’t there?! Of course there are! How about the formation of “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” an organization that is working to find common ground and promote godly causes?
Can we possibly post “pro-Catholic” manifestations both private and public? Just to give us all a little encouragement? Spread a little love around? Please?!
In the current issue, May 2007, of “Christianity Today,” a magazine for evangelical Protestants (started by Billy Graham), there is an article about Vietnam. This article includes pictures and statements about the numbers of Christian churches in Vietnam today. Both Catholic and Protestant churches are listed as “Christian churches.”
There’s even a picture of a Catholic Church, with the caption: “Catholics have a long history in Vietnam, going back to the 1500s when the first Franciscan missionaries arrived. They may now constitute up to 10 percent of the country’s population.”
Pretty nice, I’d say.
And I don’t read any “ulterior motives” into the article. No one seems to be saying, “We need to Protestantize those erring Catholics!”
It’s just a nice article recognizing that Catholics and Protestants are Christians.
As long as I’m mentioned “Christianity Today,” I’ve been reading this magazine for several years now, and almost every issue includes some pro-Catholic article. A few years ago, the magazine published an article encouraging Protestants to read the Deutero-Canonical books. Also, CT published a wonderful article about Mary, which referred to the Council in which she was determined to be the “Mother of God” and urged Protestants to consider Mary “the first disciple of Jesus” and to honor her more.
There are quotes from Catholic saints and priests in the “Reflections” section. There have even been articles written by practicing Roman Catholics. I’ve never seen anything in this magazine that is anti-Catholic, even in the Letters to the Editor section.