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Evangelical reflections on Pope benedict XVI’s June 2007 affirmation on the primacy of the Roman Ca

August 28, 2007

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News…but not necessarily new: evangelical reflections on Pope Benedict XVI’s June 2007 affirmation
on the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church

by William D. Taylor, Global Ambassador, World Evangelical Alliance

Almost two months have now passed since the Vatican’s most recent and important statement on the nature of the Roman Church, published June 29, 2007 with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). The document re-affirms the historic position on the primacy of the Roman Catholic Church and articulates its relationship to the Eastern Orthodox churches as well as those coming out of the Protestant Reformation (including Anglicans). These weeks have given time for the dust to settle, time for the secular media to criticize and move on, time for Catholic leaders and priests to explain the implications of the statement, and time for Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical reflections to emerge. And these different voices are emerging. In this essay I will attempt to articulate a global evangelical response out of the voices of World Evangelical Alliance[i] leadership from different continents and contexts.