I chaired the first session of the day. After a report on GBM from Dayl Jones, our speaker was again Dr Leonardo de Chirico. His subject was the present Pope, Pope Francis.His PowerPoint presentation covered four points under the general heading of a journey into Pope Francis' world
1. Three overlapping worlds
1 The Jesuit identity, anti Protestant
2 The name Francis, St Francis never challenged Roman structures
3 Latin American DNA
(All 3 are firsts)
2. Four significant writings
1 Aperecida (2015) a theology of the people and marianism
2 Lectures on the Jesuit history (1985) Luther the heretic and Calvin the schismatic
3 Evangeli Genetium (2013) Rahner influences
4 Laudatory Si (2015) ecological concerns
3. Three programmatic missions
1 A turn around with regard to the past
2 Presiding over the continent where the future of the RCC lies
3 A "catholicity of mercy"
4. Challenges for evangelicals
He has many acquaintances in the evangelical world and shows them affection and consideration
He knows and uses evangelical vocabulary
He knows and practices evangelical forms of spirituality
He has a vision of unity as a 'polyhedron' where there can be multiple relationships
We must either
Be the evangelical wing of a Roman Catholic church further globalised
Or a radical witness to the gospel which regenerates.
We had a good question session to follow.