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Why evangelicals should care about new pope


GARY BAUER

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USA Today
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
3/13/2013

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ABSTRACTWhy evangelicals should care about new pope: Column USA Today X News Sports Life Money Tech Travel Opinion Weather Icon Humidity Precip. Winds Open settings Settings Enter City, State or Zip Cancel Set Close settings Full Forecast Media The Big Page Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Google Sign In FAQ You are logged in as Log out Log out Sign In FAQ Search Close Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Share Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Why evangelicals should care about new pope: Column Catholics are our best allies in important cultural and political battles. Post to Facebook Why evangelicals should care about new pope: Column on USAToday.com: http://usat.ly/XJ88oz Cancel Send Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tweeted! A tweet has been posted to your Twitter account. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. This story is part of Columnists' Opinions Views around the country from our partners A scientist pope and high-tech Catholicism: Column Budweiser brewhaha launched without proof: Opinionline Why evangelicals should care about new pope: Column Gary Bauer 7:24p.m. EDT March 13, 2013 Catholics are our best allies in important cultural and political battles. New Pope, Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio appears at the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony after being elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Story Highlights Catholics and evangelicals have a formidable alliance. We do not agree on every issue, but on the essential ones we are allied. When fewer citizens understand where our liberty comes from (God), strong churches are essential. When the stream of white smoke billowed from the smokestack above the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, there was rejoicing by Catholics in the streets of Rome, and around the world that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope. COLUMN: New pope, new era, few changes I wish I could say the same was true among all my fellow evangelicals. Earlier this week, I wrote an email to supporters encouraging them to pray for Catholics and their leaders as they select the next pope. My note prompted several derisive emails from evangelicals, who make up the majority of my support network. One e-mailer responded in a way that I think exemplifies the view of too many evangelicals. He advised me not to "minimize" the doctrinal differences between Catholics and evangelicals. And he accused me of "blurring" the lines between evangelicals and Catholics and of advocating for a "one-world religion." Thankfully, most evangelicals wouldn't be that uncharitable toward our Catholic brothers and sisters. But, sadly, a minority would endorse that characterization. They need to realize that they, too, have a stake in who is elected pope, because without a strong pope, evangelicals will lose their best allies in the most important cultural and political battles of our age. Catholics and evangelicals (and to a lesser extent orthodox Jews and Mormons) have formed a formidable partnership in recent decades against the threats of secularism, relativism and Islamism. Doctrinal differences remain,.......