In 1891 Pope Leo XIII wrote a papal encyclical entitled ‘Rerum Novarum’ which has shaped much of Roman Catholic social teaching since that time. What does it teach? Is it hostile to capitalism like the teachings of the current Pope Francis? How are the teachings of the Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli, social justice and Pope Leo XIII connected? What form of government does Rome favour and often support?
As the media continues to wonder after the Beast, with the current pontiff speaking to the United Nations, is Pope Francis any different to the established Roman Dogma with this latest declaration of anti-capitalism? What can be learned from his economic views? How are they similar to collectivist regimes, be they communist or fascist? How should we respond Biblically on the issue of private property?
On April 27th 2014 the Roman Catholic Church canonised two former popes, John Paul II and John XXIII. Rome now declares them to be ‘saints’ who can intercede to God on the people’s behalf. Is such a practice Biblical? Who are the true saints of God? What does it mean to be a saint according to the Word of God? Should the Church use relics or should they ever contact the dead in prayer? Paul looks also at what the Bible says about the Roman Church and what it says for those within it’s communion.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
-1 Timothy 2:5
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”