Vatican-OK’d journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

Source: Associated Press

By Nicole Winfield

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed “prosperity gospel” as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump’s politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years.

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Two of Pope Francis’ top communications advisers — an Italian Jesuit and an Argentine Protestant pastor — penned “The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different” for the current issue of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, published Wednesday.

In the article, the authors note that the “prosperity gospel” and its belief that God wants his followers to be wealthy and healthy has spread throughout the world, particularly in Latin America and Asia, thanks to its charismatic proponents’ effective use of TV and media.

But they point to its origins in the U.S. and its underpinning of the American Dream, and say its vision of faith is in direct contrast to true Christian teaching and Pope Francis’ emphasis on the poor, social justice and salvation.

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  1. This reminds me of Jordan. At one time the Jordanian Government expelled some ‘Evangelical’ Missionaries (Pentecostal among others). When I asked the Vatican Ambassador what was going on he confided in me that ‘actually, this was done on request from the established churches’. It seems a letter was written by the bishops of the established churches, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, to get rid of the ‘Evangelicals’. In the case of the Pentecostal Missionaries the ‘problem’ did not last long. They replaced the expelled Nigerian with an American, which the Jordanians did not have the courage to expel. Ah well. Pluralism?

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