|Warning Catholics about|
proselytizing is like warning
Baptists about dancing.
Pope Francis has warned us repeatedly about the evils of proselytizing. The Bear asks: where is this proselytizing going on?
Is it common in Argentina for Catholics to go out into the cities two-by-two Mormon style and strong arm Evangelicals into the Church? Because the Bear can tell you spreading the Gospel is not something Catholics do where he lives. Catholics do fish fries. Maybe some bingo. Catholics don't proselytize. You will see Bigfoot before you will see Catholics going door-to-door to spread the word. It has been bred out of our DNA.
So what's really going on?
The Pope is not talking to Catholics. He's sending Protestants a submissive message. It is the equivalent of a dog rolling over and showing its belly. We are no threat to you. You don't have to worry about us trying to convert you, because we're just not into that solemn nonsense.
Why would the Pope want to do this? One reason might be to get Protestants to reconsider stealing his sheep. Evangelicals and Pentecostals are making a serious dent in the Church in South America through hard sell proselytizing. American Protestants consider South America mission territory. They literally send missionaries to save the poor godless Catholics.
Maybe he figures the Church has the most to gain in a "unity in diversity" message where everybody stays put.
This is sheer speculation, of course. He has always had a strongly ecumenical urge. But despite his personal friendships with televangelists and Pentecostal preachers, no self-respecting Protestant is going to pay all that much attention to the Whore of Babylon.
What it does demonstrate is that Pope Francis has ecumenical dreams that we can scarcely imagine. Dreams that call into question his theology of the Church and raise the shadow of Indifferentism.