This video from VCY America in Milwaukee is from an Evangelical perspective. Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome; the Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle. Evangelicals are finding this to be very problematic. http://newcovenantjournal.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-evangelicals-are-returning-to-rome.html
I found the broad cast to be fascinating and might I add, very honest on their part. Although, towards the end of the video they are making some statements that are historically inaccurate; never-the-less, I found their questioning to be honest. This is one of the few times that I have seen Evangelicals actually focus and admit they have problems in Evangelical Christianity.
Furthermore, this was coming from a decidedly anti-Catholic Protestant network. They are willing to discuss openly what has been happening for years now the exodus of Evangelical ordained ministers to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. They also mention briefly EWTN, the program Journey Home and the moderator Marcus Grodi, a convert from Evangelical Christianity. The moderator Ingrid Slater asked Bob DeWay;
“Let’s talk about the problem; what do you think is the seed bed (this is sort of a rhetorical question; everybody knows what a mess Evangelicalism is as a whole today doctrinally speaking). What is setting people up for this disenchantment and the willingness to look to Roman Catholicism?”
Here are some of the Problems that Bob Dewar lists.
- The Seeker Movement took the Bible out of Churches.
- People are not steeped in solid Bible teaching.
- Big churches that don’t preach the Bible.
- The influx of mystical practices, contemplative prayer, the labyrinths.
- Seminaries that are training therapeutic practitioners rather than theologians.
- The idea that we have to justify our practices and beliefs from Scripture, that was what Luther and the other reformers said has gone away.
The moderator then mentioned a book “Coming Home, by Fr Peter [Eastern Rite] (I am not even going to use the term father). . . He used to head up Campus Crusade here in the Midwest. Evidently, he is now heading up an organization helping Evangelical ministers come into the Eastern rite Churches. If you want to know why he made his move from Evangelical Protestantism you can listen to the video."
For years I would listen to Evangelicals boast of the fact that their churches were filled with ex-Catholics. Now the tide seems to be changing. Some Evangelicals are to be oblivious to the fact of this large exodus of Evangelical ministers to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and they are taking many lay people with them. It is interesting to note that some of these converts were sent to save other Evangelicals from the clutches of the Catholic Church. They could no longer get their information from anti-Catholic literature. They were now for the first time reading entire books on the Catholic Church, by Catholic authors, in order to find the antidote so they could refute the Church. Through the reading of these books they found themselves understanding the Church for the first time. In the end some of these same people who were sent to save their friends fell in love with the Catholic Church they were taught to hate.
I also found the name of the Evangelical video to be very honest; “Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome." The implication is simple; if Evangelicals are returning, this means at some point in time they did leave Rome. Either, they left Rome or their ancestors left Rome. All of the Protestant reformers were Catholic including Fr. Martin Luther, Fr. Zwingli, John Calvin and many others. This is why when someone becomes Catholic, we say, "Welcome Home."
Bob Deway is being very honest in his critique of what he perceives to be the problems in Evangelical Christianity. He is suggesting that Evangelicals are leaving because of problems in Evangelical Christianity. However, I don't think he is fully correct. They are actually leaving because they are reading from Catholic sources and discovering a very different Church then what their anti-Catholic sources were presenting. Anti-Catholic literature is no longer enough. There are some wonderful Evangelicals out there and they want to know the truth. They are studying real history and finding the Catholic Church. They are doing in depth studies on the early Church Fathers and discovering, not Evangelical Christianity, but Catholicism. And then they discover the unthinkable; the Bible is Catholic!
One person, who the Baptist station VCY mentions, is a Presbyterian minister by the name of Marcus Grodi, who became Catholic. I was listening to Marcus Grodi speak on the EWTN program "The Journey Home." On the one hand, Marcus Grodi led Catholics out of the Catholic Church, to his church, using the Bible. His expression was, "SHOW IT TO ME IN THE BIBLE!” On the other hand, he remembers when he first realized that the Bible owes its existence to the Catholic Church. "I remember the strange empty feeling when I realized that the only reason that I have the Bible was the Catholic Church."
Conversion: Francis J. Beckwith, the ex-president of the Evangelical Theological Society, an association of nearly 5,000 Protestant theologians, resigned in 2007 to rejoin the Roman Catholic Church.