By J. Parnell McCarter




It is rather remarkable how men who are unwilling to bow to King Jesus are so willing to do homage to the Pope.  Consider these words of the stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church USA recently to the Pope:


“…Your Holiness, in this Season of Epiphany we greet you in the name of Jesus
Christ, who is revealed as Lord and Savior of the world. We extend a special
word of congratulations to you as you begin your ministry as the Successor to
Peter and assure you of the prayers of Reformed Christians all over the world
that God will richly bless your ministry.

We come representing the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the global
fellowship of 215 churches of Reformed and Congregational traditions composed
of some 75 million Christians from all parts of our world. We are churches
shaped by the Protestant Reformation and its values but also deeply committee
to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church of which both of our
communities are a part.

We are extremely grateful for the three phases of the Reformed-Roman Catholic
dialogue that have been completed and have born real fruit in our common
understanding of the presence of Christ and the nature of the church and in
our common witness to the Kingdom of God. We are eager to begin the next
stage of efforts to move closer together in common faith and witness and look
forward to exploring this possibility with the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity while we are here in Rome. As Reformed Christians,
we will also soon be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the founding of
our movement and are eager to find ways to approach these events and our
learning from them ecumenically with our sisters and brothers from the
Catholic Church…”