Stealing Sheep

Like Fr. Longenecker, I have great love and respect for my Evangelical friends and family. I will be forever grateful for the foundation that I received in Christianity from my upbringing. But, there is one aspect that, quite simply, enrages me. It’s the constant missionary efforts in Catholic lands. They operate under the assumption that Catholicism is not Christian. Granted, there are a whole lot of “cultural Christians” in Catholic countries who don’t know their faith at all, but if Evangelicals considered Catholics truly their brethren, then shouldn’t they be pushing us to get our act in gear?


2 Responses to “Stealing Sheep”

  1. 1 Bekah June 12, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I hear you! My mother grew up an MK in Mexico. Now, her parent’s were not seeking to convert the Catholics, but were working with indigenous tribes there. But while doing so, they filled my mother’s and her sibling’s heads with all sorts of anti-Catholic notions, “proven” by the behavior of the cultural Catholics around them. Explaining the “Day of the Dead” is not that easy, when someone’s convinced they already know all about it. Our evangelical brothers and sisters need intensive education about Catholicism (both what it is and what it is not) before entering these countries.

    On the other hand, I can’t recall her name offhand, but there is a host on EWTN who was an evangelical missionary in a hispanic country. When they finally set aside their biases about Catholicism and sought to learn what their “prospects” believed, they were themselves converted.

  2. 2 Richard Barrett June 12, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    This is also done quite a bit in traditionally Orthodox countries. Not good.

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